LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A Las Vegas attorney involved in a guardianship abuse scandal faced a judge Wednesday.
Noel Palmer Simpson worked for private guardian April Parks and three of her associates.
Simpson is looking at two felony charges for theft and filing false documents. She is part of the sweeping guardianship abuse indictment involving more than 200 felony counts.
According to court records, Simpson and Parks changed the beneficiary on an elderly client's life insurance policy without court permission while Simpson "used the legal system to divert and capture more than $25,000."
The client wanted the money to go to her friends, but Simpson created a probate case so when the client died, she and Parks could charge estate fees.
Although Simpson is only facing two charges, court records claim she was involved in many other incidents.
Contact 13 discovered that Simpson worked with another disgraced guardian, Patience Bristol, who was convicted for exploiting and stealing from her elderly and vulnerable clients. Bristol is serving up to 8 years in prison.
If found guilty, Simpson could be looking at one to 10 years in prison for the theft charge and one to five years for filing the false document. Her next court appearance is in September.
Family Court Judge Rena Hughes faces charges by Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline.
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