Sources report Patience Bristol has been arraigned in Las Vegas on charges of stealing over $200,000 of cash and jewelry, as well as other possessions, from her wards. Patience Bristol was brought in as a social worker in 2003 by Jared Shafer, at his company Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada until last January,when he fired Bristol. Bristol also worked with Keep You Company, an agency which dispatched caregivers, where Shafer was on the board of directors. A witness close to Bristol reports she was taught to rip off the elderly by former public guardian Jared Shafer. Shafer was Clark County Public Guardian for 23 years prior to going into private practice ten years ago. Patience is the only member of the company to be charged, currently, and she is charged with 20 counts so far, although there appears to be a bigger story behind this.
Since 2005 many reports have been made from outraged family members who claim that Patience Bristol and Jared Shafer allegedly ripped off, what is now totaling, millions of dollars from their elderly family members. At first victim’s families turn to the local authorities only to hear that the police can not do anything for them, as it is a civil matter. Many then have tried to take civil action over the matters but have not returned any results. Others who have suffered losses at the hands of Bristol and Shafer state that they did not complain against the two due to threats made against them by Shafer and Bristol.
Bristol reportedly been making their way into the homes of many elderly individuals and convincing them that they need a guardian to keep them company. Many have also invited them to be guardians to family members. Whether invited into the home or provoked in, one thing is clear: when Shafer and Bristol enters the individual’s homes they are left with nothing.
In total 66 reports have been made on ripoffreport.com against Patience Bristol and 84 reports have been made so far against Jared Shafer. The company which started in Las Vegas have now have complaints from families of elderly citizens in Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, California, and Washington.
One man made a report on ripoffreport.com claiming that the uncle was assigned by family court to Bristol upon falling ill. He claims that Bristol isolated his uncle from outside visitors, changed his will to show that she and her son were beneficiaries, and stole many of his possessions, including his car. It is also claimed that she engaged in questionable sexual acts with a sixteen year who was the daughter of the man that made the report.
But these crimes are not the only that Bristol has allegedly been involved in. A source also claims that she has administered illegal drugs to the elderly, taken over their trust funds, and used their money to fight their families in court if their loved ones take action. Some of the same claims have been made on Jared Shafer.
One complaint was made in 2010 stating that the woman who was appointed Bristol as a guardian went missing from her home at 91 years of age. The source also stated that the woman’s boyfriend was forced to stop visiting the house and became deathly ill shortly after, dying only one month later.
Update: The problem facing the victims and their families today may be deeper, however, as the judge residing over the cases allegedly sat on all of them, prolonging them before finally finding in favor of Jared Shafer. A report was made in 2010 against Judge Jon Norheim, who is also the Clark County Guardianship Commissioner.
But the pressure is closing in on Bristol and Shafer, not only with Bristol’s arraignment on robbery charges, but also because for Shafer Shafer’s daughter Danica supposedly posted a statement online detailing her father’s alleged crimes. She states, “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 fare 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.”
She also posted that she has found evidence on her father’s activities dating back to 1983.
Keep You Company charged $7200-7500 a month fora full-time caregiver in the ward’s home. Both Keep You Company and Bristol’s Guardianship Solutions, Inc are both out business in Nevada. Bristol was handling Shafer’s and her own ward cases through his PFSN company until Shafer fired her earlier this year. Judge Norheim allegedly enabled the continued exploitation of Shafer’s wards, ruling in his favor when families brought the cases to court.
As these reports continue to be investigated more than 100 families can find hope that justice will be brought to them.
Written by: Guardian Writers