The charges, filed by the Council for Discipline of the Nebraska Supreme Court, include five counts of misconduct in five separate cases.
The second count alleges that Thew failed to file proper documents and pay bills in 2007 on behalf of Luana Grey. Thew had been named guardian and conservator of Grey, who was awarded a settlement in excess of $414,000 in a tort against the makers of the diet drug Fen Phen. Thew reportedly failed to pay more than $130,000 from Grey’s account to Medicare, who had a subrogation claim against the settlement. Thew also failed to pay lesser bills, according to the charges. He was removed as guardian and conservator of Grey in April 2008 after he twice failed to appear at hearings or respond with court filings as to why he should not be removed.
Even after his removal, Thew failed to file an accounting of Grey’s funds with the court.
Count three alleged that Thew mishandled the affairs of Marilyn Hawley, of whom he was also named guardian and conservator. From 2006 until 2007 the charge claimed that Thew failed to pay bills or deposit checks on behalf of his client. He reportedly also failed to pay funeral costs after Hawley passed away February 1, 2007.Thew told the court that he could not locate Hawley’s heirs. However, the charges maintained that Thew in fact had the addresses of all four of Hawley’s living children. Thew did not notify Hawley’s heirs of his motion to pay her funds into the court.
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