LAS VEGAS (by Caroline Bleakley) - Update: April Parks and Gary Taylor have were arrested Wednesday afternoon.
A Clark County grand jury has indicted four people in a guardianship exploitation case that extends over a five-year period.
The 123-page indictment includes a total of 270 counts and seven different felony charges against the four individuals. It's alleged they exploited approximately 130 victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
April Parks, the owner of A Private Professional Guardian, LLC, her office manager, Mark Simmons, her husband, Gary Neal Taylor and her attorney, Noel Palmer Simpson are accused of racketeering, exploitation of an older or vulnerable person, theft, offering false instrument for filing or record and perjury.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Clark County District Attorney's Office, the Nevada Attorney General's Office and The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
According to a news release from the district attorney's office, although legitimate business was being done at Parks' business, "Parks and Simmons engaged in a pattern of conduct which was illegal and exploitive to the vulnerable people she was charged to protect."
"These suspects used a position of trust and authority to prey on disabled and elderly people and systemically bilk them out of their life savings," said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
Grand Jury Indicts 4 in Major Guardianship Abuse Case