… some of whom have filed lawsuits alleging violations of their civil rights, racketeering, elder abuse and severe unethical behavior, among other crimes.
In one of the more recent cases, Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh is accused of sentencing 96-year-old Blanche Zwerdling to live in nursing home – against her wishes and those of her family – to ostensibly gain control of her trust fund and bank accounts. Full details can not yet be disclosed because the case and a potential investigation are ongoing, but further reports will follow.
According to a family member and court documents, the judge appointed three $300 per hour lawyers for Zwerdling – one as a guardian – while she was placed involuntarily in an assisted-living facility in New Jersey. In addition, her money is being wasted by the court while her health deteriorates, the family member said.
“My mother in law was so happy and comfortable in Florida,” said her son-in-law. “Is this how you protect her? Spend her money without discretion, and say in open court: ‘she has it so we can spend it.'”
Her grandson, who was the lawful trustee of the trust, was illegally removed without explanation, according to the son-in-law. The court-appointed guardian was subsequently put in charge. The granddaughter, who had lived with and cared for the woman for seven years, was thrown out on the street while the judge slapped her with a restraining order.
No family members are allowed to speak with the elderly woman about her situation. And over $200,000 has been drained from her bank account by the court and the three lawyers so far, while many of her belongings were discarded at the whim of her “guardian.”
Speaking to investigators, another son-in-law accused McVeigh of illegal eviction, illegal separation, illegal takeover of a trust, violation of the right to choose an attorney, failing to provide an accounting of the money that was being spent and even refusal to allow an assessment of the property after the unlawful eviction. The judge is also facing allegations of a conflict of interest in the case. Susan Champion, the court-appointed guardian, is allegedly a “very close friend” of McVeigh, the son told investigators. “It makes me think back to Nazi Germany,” he added.
This is far from the first case that has called McVeigh’s ethics and behavior into question.
She was recently named as a defendant in an ongoing federal civil rights action by Jill Jones-Soderman, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts and an accomplished author, speaker and social worker. According to Jones-Soderman, the judge’s suppression of evidence and corrupt decision making led to the suicide of a 12-year-old boy, who was transferred by the court into the hands of his alleged abuser.
“Judge McVeigh is using her position to ruin innocent victims and enrich herself and her cronies, so I decided to put a stop to this using the federal courts,” said Jones-Soderman, who was also targeted by the judge. “The number of complaints keeps rising, so eventually the truth about her activities will be known and justice will be served.”
Another victim of Judge McVeigh was Antonio Latona Sr., according to reports, his family and court documents. After suffering a stroke, he was left partially handicapped. But with the support and assistance of his children, he decided to continue living in Florida with one of his daughters to care for him, where he made friends, continued his gardening and enjoyed the beach.
Against the advice of doctors, social workers, lawyers and other medical experts, the judge ordered him confined to a nursing home in New Jersey. In the 60 days that he spent in the state, he was hospitalized three times. Ultimately, he began suffering from multiple ailments and passed away in September of 2008.
“My father was murdered by that woman,” said Antonio Latona Jr., a New Jersey man who claims that Judge McVeigh lied, suppressed evidence and used intimidation in the case. He is also in the midst of litigation. “I will spend the rest of my life to expose her every chance I get. People need to know what she has done and what she continues to do – she has to be stopped from destroying lives on a daily basis.”
If you or somebody you know has been harmed by Judge McVeigh and her rulings, please visit www.tonylatona.com for more information.
SOURCE Family Resolution Center
Follow-Up: To N. J. Judge Accused Of Alleged Corruption
by Jill Jones-Soderman
Following the article printed on the alleged corruption of Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh,Oct. 13, 2009 numerous calls from victims and lawyers with clients who had clients with similar experiences allegedly threatened by Judge Mc Veigh’s over reaching her judicial authority called The Family Resolution Center, (212 996 – 1910) to report their experiences and their fear of reporting the retaliation by this judge.
According to Forensic Consultant Jill Jones-Soderman LCSW, MSHS, Executive Director of the Family Resolution Center, due to the resources of the state attorney general’s office –referred to by many as the enforcement wing of the judiciary, and other state agencies, McVeigh is defended by a battery of attorneys paid for by the tax payers.
The irony of this situation is that the Attorney General’s Office is supposed to be that legal branch of Government that stands up for the Public not those whom are accused of abusing the public trust, as in the case of Judges, child protective services, prosecutors who are accused of egregious crimes against children and families who have to face the resources of the state either with their own meager funds, or consent to court appointed legal aid attorneys who are funded by the state and owe their allegiances to the court, the state, and the bar association; the client is the last object of lawyer’s allegiance.
While the Attorney General’s office is supposed to protect the public from corrupt public officials it is often used to protect state officials charged with egregious offenses from the public who have reported such offenses. It is the State Attorney General’s Office who provides prosecutors to Child Protective Services to prosecute parents who are all too often the target of the voracious greed of foster care agencies funded by Social Security funds, funneled through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Some of the attorneys that called stated that they had not made complaint to the appropriate authorities because they earned their living in Pasaic County and had to appear before Judge McVeigh who handles Probate Court and foreclosure matters, another highly lucrative venue, thus leaving the unsuspecting, vulnerable public to accused predatory judges in Probate/Chancery Courts, such as Mary Margaret McVeigh.
McVeigh is reported by numerous individuals who have spoken to this writer, as routinely over-reaching her authority as a Judge by reportedly stating that in her position she feels that she is’” qualified to act as a physician or mental health expert” and therefore order clients before her – into court so that McVeigh could make an evaluation as to whether or not to refer an individual for a mental health evaluation to professionals of her choosing.
Cheryl Trombetta, the grand daughter of Blanche Zwerdling was forced out of the home she shared with her grand mother, left homeless and without funds as her grand mother was ordered into the Sun Rise Nursing Home in Wayne, New Jersey, left without any financial resources or even clothing, as her own property became joined with that of her grand mother’s which was taken over by the hand picked minions of McVeigh.
In some cases, Jones-Soderman states, the client identified by McVeigh is not even an individual who is a party to litigation, yet McVeigh feels entitled to refer these non parties to litigation as “sitting ducks” who have come into her view, to be referred for medical and mental health evaluations by professionals of her choosing.
Clients have alleged that certain individuals who provided expert witness testimony before the court have been given special privileges, unheard of in the realm of practice for expert witnesses, such as allowing an expert who has examined a client, rendered a report, testified in court, to then be present in court to listen to the testimony of other witnesses, as was the experience with the Trombetta family/Blanche Zwerdling object of the McVeigh assault on Zwerdling’s Trust.
The use of mental health professionals to discredit defendants with toxic diagnoses is a typical technique of judges who wish to assert their unbridled power over a targeted client. This is a technique that is frowned upon by credible scientific experts because the behavioral sciences are soft science – purely hearsay when properly viewed through the eyes of legal experts and deeply trained mental health experts who have years of depth training and experience. Jones-Soderman states that far too many “so called experts “who testify in the courts are simply part of the “old boys network – a wink and a nod, by those who go along to get along” to keep the flow of unsuspecting clients flowing through court ordered referrals. This practice is rarely if ever discussed or acknowledged – but everyone knows and turns a deaf ear to these practices.
McVeigh is said to have her favorites, Paul Dasher, Phd, Vicki Fiore, MD, PHD. the evaluator in the Blanche Zwerdling case who allegedly made inconsistent findings, suggesting that Mrs. Zwerdling was competent to make decisions and function independently in some areas, but not in others. This individual was allegedly allowed to sit in on numerous court hearing testimony related to Zwerdling and paid for her time in court.
Following the last article published discussing the alleged corrupt actions of Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh, JSC, Blanche Zwerdling was released from the Sunrise Nursing Home in Wayne, NJ where she was being held as per our understanding against her will. Restraining orders were placed against family members, by order of Susan Champion Esq.. Tamia Nemeth Esq. was the court appointed law guardian of Blanche Zwerdling, Linda Puccio Esq. was the court appointed attorney, but it appears from legal documents that it was Susan Champion who placed the restraining and gag orders and gave direction to the NH staff. who supervised Blanche Zwerdling.
Further, when Blanche Zwerdling was removed from her home at 325 Boyle Ave, Totowa, New Jersey, Susan Champion allegedly ordered the gutting and destruction of the home, including the breaking of mirrors highly prized by Mrs. Zwerdling and her grand daughter. The cost of renovation unauthorized by the family, ordered by the McVeigh crew, totaled more than $225,000. of Blanche Zwerdling’s funds.
Of Greatest distress to Mrs. Zwerdling was that three feral were left in the building for six days without food and water. The cats were finally rescued by Humane Society worker, Donna Mosa with the assistance of the Totowa Police. Susan Champion Esq.
refused to assist in the rescue of animals owned by Mrs. Zwerdling, though family members pleaded with Champion to make sure that the animals were fed and safe.
In a court hearing, following the release of the Oct. 13th article a hearing was held in which an agreement was suddenly reached in which Mrs. Zwerdling and her grand daughter were able to take up residence in a second home owned by Mrs. Zwerdling who was still not allowed to be in control of her Trust, to manage her own funds, which remained in the hands of Susan Champion, Tamia Nemeth Esq. gauardian ad litem and Linda Pucio, Esq..
The legal Trust guardians, appointed by Blanche Zwerdling, her grand daughter and her grand son were thrust aside by McVeigh and her henchmen. The attorneys for the legitimately appointed trustees Joseph Mecca and Thomas Shields were said to do nothing to protect the rights of their clients, thus leaving the McVeigh appointees illegitimately in charge of the Trust.
The “agreement” consisted of Champion dolling out funds to Zwerdling for her personal use, though according to various sources money has not been received smoothly or regularly, according to a relative of Mrs. Zwerdling.
Once freed from the nursing home Mrs. Zwerdling hired an attorney recommended by Anthony Latona Jr. whose father, Anthony Latona Sr. was accused by Anthony LaTona Jr. of being a victim of McVeigh.
Robin LaGrotta Esq. became the attorney for Blanche Zwerdling presumably knowing that Blanche Zwerdling could not hire an attorney as her rights were abrogated by the court in the process of appointing a guardian ad litem, Tamia Nemeth Esq.. and Linda Puccio, Esq. court appointed attorney. Allegedly,LaGrotta had to know that she could not effectuate any alteration in the status of Blanche Zwerdling, yetit appears that she allowed herself to be retained in a useless and fruitless litigation, which left Zwerdling still in the hands of the McVeigh court and the Trust and it’s contents being viewed as assets to be sold, leaving Blanche Zwerdling back in a nursing home, her grand daughter homeless, her family without their inheritance.
Blanche Zwerdling had lived with her grand daughter forty four years. The grand daughter is a beneficiary, her brother is a successor trustee of the trust. No charges have ever been placed against any family member and the family were working in concert with the wishes of their grand mother –no dispute existed.
Once McVeigh displaced all of the legal guardians – insisting that Mrs. Zwerdling’s grand daughter undergo a psychiatric evaluation, without just cause, and the Trust was placed in the hands of Susan Champion Esq., Tamia Nemth, Linda Puccio, other, court appointed personnel were able to bill Mrs. Zwerdling for whatever fees they cared to bill. Control of the Zwerdling Trust appears to be the final asset to be pierced and garnished by the McVeigh appointees.
Other individuals who called with regard to the article on McVeigh referred to the events that overtook their families as a RICOH scam and wanted to know why the Attorney General’s Office is not seeking investigation into the machinations of the McVeigh Court.
Other individuals and attorneys who were not willing to be named, stated that their family members died in nursing homes, or “rehabilitation centers” forced there by McVeigh and separated from their families by restraining orders. Attorneys who called stated that they were in the midst of cases with McVeigh and did not want press exposure for fear of injuring their clients.
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Staff Investigative Reporter