Jason Hanson Sues Jared Shafer And Others For
Civil Racketeering, Fraud, And Embezzlement
Majority of Inheritance Stolen Under False Guardianship
"This has to stop." "I want justice." - Jason Vaughn Hanson
Jared E. Shafer
(Click on each image for
video) Victim Jason Hanson
(photo by Mike Christ)
(L to R) Defendants Francis Fine, Dara Goldsmith, Elyese Tyrell, John Cahilll
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
July 24, 2017
LAS VEGAS - 27 year old cerebral palsy victim Jason Hanson, after waiting
since April 2016 for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Abuse and Neglect Detail
to present Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson with Requests for
Prosecution of the persons who stole the majority of his inheritance, on July
17, 2017 took the next step and filed a Civil Racketeering and Embezzlement
lawsuit against his exploiters in Nevada State Court.
"I decided to take matters into my own hands," responded Hanson when asked
by KTNV TV Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears why it was taking the
police so long.
on above images to view KTNV TV News story
Hanson hired Las Vegas attorney Jacob Hafter to determine if he had grounds
to sue private guardian Jared E. Shafer of Professional Fiduciary Services of
Nevada (PFSN), Clark County Public Administrator John Cahill, disgraced ex-judge
Francis Fine, attorneys Dara Goldsmith and Elyse Tyrell after unsuccessfully waiting over nine
years to receive his inheritance that they collectively controlled, an
inheritance that once included a Special Needs Trust fund of over $100,000, and
a handicapped equipped 1,200 square foot two bedroom condominium in a gated
community in southwest Las Vegas.
Attorney Jacob Hafter argues
successfully before The Nevada Supreme Court on another case
JASON HANSON'S AMENDED COMPLAINT
In winter 2017, it had been nine years since he reached legal age of
majority and was taken off guardianship, however, Hanson had yet to receive a
dime of his inheritance that was supposed to be protected by the defendants in his lawsuit,
and an incompetent, or collusive, Clark County Family Court system.
When Jason turned 18 in 2007, and his youth guardianship automatically
terminated, Francis Fine and the other Trustees NEVER refiled to be guardian
over him as an adult, and never had him mentally evaluated, rendering the whole
guardianship over him for the next 8 years non-existent! Had they had him
mentally evaluated, they would have learned that he's intellectually gifted, and
was not in need of guardianship. For this he repeatedly asked the court to
appoint him an attorney, and was repeatedly refused.
In January 2016, Hanson testified before the Nevada Supreme Court
Guardianship Commission where Shafer's lawyer Elyse Tyrell was somehow appointed
as a Commissioner. He confronted Tyrell on local TV news about the whereabouts
of his money. Several days later, Tyrell coughed up a one year old check in the
amount of $5,530.74 that she had kept secret from Hanson. When asked about the
year old check by reporters, she represented that it was the total remaining
balance from the sale of Jason's house after Shafer and his attorneys finished
deducting their fees. It was later learned that while on Tyrell, Fine,
Goldsmith, and Shafer's watch, Jason's original guardian Susan Rousselle confessed to stealing
$39,000 from his $100,000 trust that they failed to safeguard. No thanks to Tyrell, et. al., It was only
learned after the woman confessed to the crime in a plea bargain. The remaining
$60,000 in the Trust was never mentioned by anyone purportedly looking out for
Jason, and only recently was discovered in the unclaimed funds account of the
Pennsylvania State Treasurer, the state where Rousselle lived before being
In the meantime, Hanson has been living at taxpayer expense for almost ten
Then there's the issue of Jared Shafer's closest associate Patience Bristol. Bristol was sentenced to five to eight years for
financially exploiting Shafer's PFSN wards, while he was never charged or held
responsible for her crimes that ocurred directly under his supervision.
Amazingly, even with Shafer's trusted assistent locked away in prison, and
the violated Nevada Revised Statutes clearly laid out for them by Jason's
attorney throughout his civil racketeering lawsuit, police have still
not found a shred of criminal evidence on Shafer, et. al. to present to the DA
In his Hanson pleadings, attorney Hafter states:
1. Defendants are well
established professionals who make their living, in part or in whole, as a
result of Nevada’s guardianship and probate systems.
2. Defendants have used
their roles in the guardianship and probate systems to make a living at the
expense and to the detriment of the parties that are to be protected by these
systems (emphasis added by SM).
3. This lawsuit seeks to address the failures
of Nevada’s probate and guardianship systems in fairly respecting and protecting
the interests of Plaintiff, JASON HANSON.
4. Defendants used their roles in
the guardianship and probate systems to deprive Mr. Hanson of the limited
resources which were left to him by his father and grandmother.
5. As a
result of Defendants’ actions Mr. Hanson has been deprived of thousands of
136. Defendant Shafer, Defendant Professional Fiduciary Services of Nevada,
Inc., and Defendant Goldsmith, breached their fiduciary duties by charging
excessive and/or fraudulent fees in Mr. Hanson’s case.
137. Defendants breached that duty by knowingly allowing funds belonging to
the Plaintiff to be withdrawn, utilized and taken by other Defendants in
violation of Nevada and Federal law and without due regard to the property
rights of Plaintiff.
138. Defendants Fine, Tyrell and Goldsmith breached their duties to
Plaintiff by failing to take timely, effective action to investigate the
identity, value and safeguard Mr. Hanson’s assets in the Guardianship
142. Defendants committed a distinct act of dominion wrongfully exerted
over Mr. Hanson’s property by deducting or accepting monies from the
Guardianship and Estate bank accounts, without a valid court order or proper
investigation as to the lawfulness of the payments.
FIFTH CLAIM FOR RELIEF
(Civil RICO, Fraud against All Defendants)
157. In violation of NRS §207.400 and various federal statutes, Defendants
conspired together to commit this racketeering activity.
EIGHTH CLAIM FOR RELIEF
175. Plaintiff, at all relevant times herein, was a "vulnerable person"
within the meaning of NRS 41.1395(e).
176. Plaintiff suffered a loss of money
or property caused by the failure of Defendants to act with due care, through
their exploitation of him as a result of their trusted positions within the
estate and guardianship systems, as described herein and within the meaning of
177. In exploiting Plaintiff, Defendants acted with
recklessness, oppression, fraud and/or malice.
Pursuant to Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure 38, the Nevada
constitution, and the United State Constitution, Plaintiff hereby demands a jury
In May 2014, Shafer was sued for embezzlement by Kristina Berger: http://www.stevemiller4lasvegas.com/BergerComplaint-05--5-14.pdf.
Berger alleged Shafer and his company PFSN stole tens of thousands of dollars
from her estate for unneeded services and reimbursements without court approval,
accounting or oversight, in violation of NRS 159.183. Berger's jury trial is
scheduled to begin on June 26, 2018 in Nevada State Court.
In August 2014, a Federal Civil Racketeering lawsuit was filed against
Shafer and Wells Fargo Bank Trust Department by Guadalupe Olvera and his Trust.
Sadly, Mr. Olvera did not live long enough to see justice, but his daughter
Rebecca Schultz continues the lawsuit as Trustee of his estate. Olvera's family
is attempting to recover at least $430,000 that Shafer converted from Mr.
Olvera's Trust account at Wells Fargo while the WW2 veteran was a ward of PFSN.
The California Superior Court later determined that Olvera was mentally
competent and was never in need of guardianship. Wells Fargo is charged with
improperly allowing Shafer to take unapproved withdrawals and payments from the
Olvera Trust without court orders. This case is rapidly winding its way through
the federal court system:
Neither the Hanson, Berger, or Olvera lawsuits would have been necessary if
the Clark County Family Court system had done its job. The three vulnerable
persons were taken for almost everything they were worth while under the legal
supervision of one or more elected Family Court Judges, or their appointed
"Hearing Master." The two elected judges were Wiliam Voy and Charles Hoskin.
Judge Voy, prior to being elected, represented Jared Shafer as his private
attorney in over fifty court cases. They both enjoy the services of their
appointed Hearing Master Jon Norheim who prior to being appointed to the bench
was a prominent local mob lawyer with the Patti and Scro Law Firm. Both Voy and
Hoskin used the services of Jared Shafer's political sign company Signs of
Nevada (c/o PFSN) during their elections. The political sign company operates out of Shafer's guardianship office.
In the case of Mr. Olvera, Hearing Master Norheim denied his plea to move
back to California (court video) to spend his remaining days with his family.
And in the case of Jason Hanson, Norheim twice denied Hanson's in-court verbal
request for an attorney to represent his interests, both times being told by
Norheim he must file his request in writing, something Hanson is physically
unable to do.
R) Judges William Voy, Charles Hoskin, and their Hearing Master
In my opinion, the above Judges are at best incompetent, or at worst
complicit with crimes and inhumane acts against many highly vulnerable persons
in addition to Hanson, Berger, and Olvera. To prove my point, here is a court
video of Jared Shafer, who is not a lawyer, giving direct orders to Hearing
Master Norheim to throw spectators out of his courtroom after an attorney for one of Shafer's court appointed wards
demanded to know the whereabouts of one-half-million dollars missing from the
Pursuing Shafer, other guardians, and their attorneys for bleeding out
estates is difficult because these bad judges “approve” and issue “court orders”
permitting the over billing to be paid from the estates, and once a court order
for an over payment is issued in Family Court, it’s difficult to do anything
about it since its a “court order,” even though it may be part of an
embezzlement scheme. None of the judges mentioned in this column have yet been
brought before the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission.
The kind of crimes and atrocities described above cannot occur in the light
of day. I believe that the efforts of Jason Hanson and his attorney Jacob
Hafter will be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and draws the media
attention that will alert federal law enforcement authorities to intervene and
hopefully usurp the lackadaisical efforts of local police, and bring the
parasites described in this column to justice before they can harm any more good
people under color of law.
Jason Hanson's testimony before the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission:
Editor's note: Steve Miller is a founder of Opportunity Village,
"Las Vegas Favorite Charity" where Jason Hanson works. Miller served
twenty years as a volunteer and OV board member. He retired as
President Emeritus of the organization. Steve is also Chairman
Emeritus of Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada. That said, he takes the story of Jason Hanson personally.