Latest News from News 3

Las Vegas News | Weather | Sports | Traffic - MyNews3

Rip-Off Alert: Lawyer embezzles estate of leukemia victim

Reported by: Marie Mortera
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 7/02/2013 2:18 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- This Rip-Off Alert is the story of a man who lost his battle with cancer. While his loved ones grieved, their trusted attorney robbed his estate.

When Vernon learned he had an aggressive form of leukemia, he immediately took steps to put his estate in order to protect his family. Erik Varvir, Vernon’s partner, said Vernon made attorney Ken Hoesch the administrator of his will “because the family had used him for years.”

Three weeks later Vernon was gone. Erik and Vernon’s stepson went to Hoesch to settle the estate.

“He was supposed to bring over copies of the master copies of the trust and all the paperwork, Varvir said. “He never did, and that is where it started. He kept giving us excuses.”

After months without answers, postal inspectors began an investigation and found the money from Vernon’s estate was gone — all of it.

“He did it fairly quickly; we didn’t realize it,” Varvir said. “But he had started to withdraw money from Vernon’s trust two weeks after he died in $30,000 increments.”

“It’s devastating, especially to find out it’s a professional is the one that did that,” Vernon’s son said. “They are supposed to be watching out for you, not taking advantage of you.”

Vernon’s family was not alone. Postal inspectors say there were multiple victims and more than $800,000 in losses among the cases.

“It was quite substantial loss because it involved people’s estates everything they had saved all of their lives,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Gil Webb. “It was just taken from them.

“He was taking advantage of elderly people, people he knew, organizations, people that were due certain things, and he had no right to just take them and do what he wanted with them.“

“The level of betrayal is indescribable,” Varvir said. “Who speaks for him? It was Vernon’s money."

Postal inspectors say Ken Hoesch spent the money he stole on very expensive trips and an art collection. Hoesch received 6 1/2 years in prison and was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.
Share

Slideshows

Popular Right Now:
Las Vegas a new frontier for porn industry 

Updated: 10/29/2014 9:57:09 PM

Developers say work to begin on Strip arena

Updated: 10/29/2014 7:33:00 PM

Jackie Robinson (John Locher/AP Photo)
Lava won't chase out some people

Updated: 10/30/2014 5:40:02 AM

PAHOA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 26:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), A portion of the front of the June 27th lava flow burns through thick vegetation and a fence on October 26, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Scientists of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground and air observations of the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano and determined that it was 510 meters (560 yards) upslope from Pa-hoa Village Road and the flow width was about 50 meters (55 yards) at the leading edge. Molten rock from the flow is inching its way towards homes in the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island where close to a thousand people live.  (Photo by USGS via Getty Images) (Handout, 2014 USGS)
Poll


All content © Copyright 2014 Intermountain West Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service
You may also view our Sitemap.

FCC assistance for any person with disabilities can be provided by contacting us at publicfilehelp@mynews3.com

KSNV Profile & Public Inspection Files

2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Portions by Broadcast Interactive Media

FOLLOW US!


Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.