The court will not hire an attorney for a former guardian accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from disabled and elderly clients.
Outagamie County Court Commissioner Maureen Roberts Budiac told Jeffrey M. Schend at an indigency hearing Thursday he has too many assets to qualify.
Schend, 44, told Budiac that his only assets are a boat, a car and about $1,000 in a bank account he can’t access. He said his family is trying to sell the boat and car to pay for an attorney.
“Until then, my hands are tied,” he said. “I don’t know what to do.”
Budiac said Schend can ask to postpone his June 15 preliminary hearing if he’s unable to hire an attorney by then.
The biggest transaction unaccounted for among Schend’s Outagamie clients involved a trust account worth almost $168,000 when it was closed in 2010. The money was transferred to JMS. In another case, JMS did not document where nearly $145,000 from a client’s two certificates of deposit was spent after the accounts were cashed out in 2010 and transferred to JMS accounts.
Investigators continue to pore over the records of Schend’s former clients.
He is being held in jail on a $100,000 cash bond.
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