For many in Clark County, the word ‘Guardian’ is a bad word that brings horrible memories back to them or to their families.
For a long time the office of the Guardian was under the control of the Public Administrator who ran that office with an iron fist, stealing all he could, abusing those senior citizens under his care, and enriching himself at the expense of his victims.
Shafer’s right-hand person was arrested on robbery charges, and after her arraignment, Shafer’s daughter Danica supposedly posted a statement online detailing her father’s alleged crimes. She stated, “The large volume of material has caused me to investigate the business practices of my father, and what I discovered makes me ashamed to be born. [sic] Shafer has found numerous methods of removing money from seniors, which includes: changing wills, rewriting trusts, delaying court dates until the seniors die, and redoing private estates so family properties would go to us instead of the relatives. Father has told me he is entitled to it all. I’ve heard him tell Mom the stress of his job is fair compensation. While growing up our house always had something new, a fine watch, jewelry for Mom, expensive vacations, and we never had to worry about where our next surprise would come from. I’ve talked with 20 families and they have revealed the unpleasant truths, which have haunted me for 10 years,” Danica Shafer wrote.
During the last County meeting it came to light that unless the person has no family member that could take care of him or her, there was no need for the person to become a ward of a public guardian — but up to now that has not been the pattern.
For years Las Vegas Tribune has brought up the case of Anna Marie Gaule who, under Jared Shafer, had all her properties taken away and had her only son thrown out on the street with the help of city officials who kept citing her son with different reasons for their doing so. A Family Court judge even had the audacity to bar her son from visiting his own mother. One day Anna Marie Gaule’s son came home and was attacked by two individuals inside the house; after struggling with them, at the end he shot both individuals and later discovered they worked for Shafer.
As a matter of disclosure for the record, Anna Marie Gaule’s son was represented in court by the late attorney John Fadgen, who back then was part owner and publisher of the Las Vegas Tribune.
There is no doubt that this is the first time the issue of the Public Administrator and the Public Guardian has taken this great amount of time during the County Commission meeting, and it gives a ray of hope to many of those whose families have been victims of the Public Guardian or suffered under the manipulation of the Public Administrator’s Office by Jared Shafer.
Chief Judge David Barker has given real hope to those who for years have been fighting the injustices and the criminal behavior of those close to Jared Shafer, proving that he has the public’s best interest at heart.
Many of those who have suffered under Jared Shafer would like to see justice done by hearing the news that Shafer is being arrested and held without bail so that he cannot leave the country and evade a trial that may keep him behind bars for a long time. He definitely has the financial means to make his escape, and his best friend, Danny Ashtrom. has property outside the country.