Thursday, June 1, 2017

95-Year-Old Woman Bilked by Attorney, Judge Strips Guardianship

An Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday took guardianship away from a suspended Santa Ana attorney who is the trustee for a 95-year-old woman he billed more than $488,000 to help her get her driver’s license back.

Wayne Irwin McClaskey has been suspended from practicing law since January 2015, for billing Lola Wilber $488,700 to “resist the adverse decision of the DMV on her driver’s license renewal,” according to the State Bar.

But McClaskey remains Wilber’s trustee and has control over her trust containing at least $600,000, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche. He appeared at Thursday’s hearing as a “friend of the court” because he prosecuted McClaskey subordinate, Thomas Chapman Hood, who pleaded guilty to stealing about $534,000 from Wilber.

McClaskey sold Wilber’s home after taking out a reverse mortgage on the property, Labreche said.

The Orange County Public Guardian is now in charge of caring for Wilber and her estate, Labreche said. A hearing will be held on July 5 to make the temporary order permanent.

Hood, 69, pleaded guilty Monday to multiple felonies and was sentenced to five years of formal probation and 212 days in jail, or time already served in the case, Labreche said. The prosecutor worked out the plea deal based on Hood’s health, which has worsened in custody as he underwent a procedure on his heart in the medical ward, Labreche said.

Hood put up $150,000 toward restitution to the victim, as well, according to Labreche, who said insisting on a prison sentence would have meant Wilber wouldn’t have gotten any money back.

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95-Year-Old Woman Bilked by Attorney, Judge Strips Guardianship


Zeke's mother said...

The judge did the right thing. This attorney should spend time in jail, though. Otherwise, he has not suffered any consequence for what he did.

Lara said...

I can't believe the judge didn't jail him because he can't make money there to pay back the restitution. Who is going to hire this guy with such a record? And I'm sorry to say it out loud, but the victim will probably be long gone before a cent is paid if it ever is.