Feds close office of New Mexico guardianship firm

Sep 5, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say they are closing the offices of an Albuquerque guardianship firm whose owners have been charged with embezzling millions of dollars from their clients' trust accounts. Tuesday's announcement from the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. attorney for New Mexico comes nearly seven weeks after federal official took over operations of the company, Ayudando Guardians, Inc. Company founders Susan Harris and Sharon Moore have pleaded not guilty to federal charges. They're accused of a decade-long scheme to siphon money from disabled veterans and people with special needs who relied on Ayudando to manage their finances. The announcement says the vast majority of the approximately 1,400 clients who receive Social Security or veterans benefits have had their cases transferred to other providers. The Marshals Service remains responsible under a court order for overseeing the firm's business affairs and ensuring clients are served. ___ Online: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/ayudando-guardians