by Steve Duin, The Oregonian, 3 June 2016
Mr Duin reports on the conviction of Lisa Bayer-Day for aggravated theft, money laundering and criminal mistreatment of military veterans. She was sentenced to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay US$117,000 in restitution.
When courts assigned her to be guardian and/or conservator at the request of the Department of Veteran Affairs or Oregon’s Department of Human Services, she had total control of her victim’s finances.
She took full advantage. State investigators revealed Bayer-Day repeatedly intercepted checks made out to her clients and deposited them in her own Bank of America account.
She paid her husband’s company thousands of dollars – $28,000 in one Grant County case alone – to clean out the homes of clients who moved to long-term care facilities.
“No such service was ever provided,” the Department of Justice notes.
Ballard said Bayer-Day also hijacked ambulance reimbursement checks for the veterans she pledged to protect, and routinely performed “post-death money grabs,” stealing money that should have gone to the vet’s survivors.
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