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State adds more oversight to protect vulnerable citizens

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Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 16:56:35-05

Thanks in part to a Contact 13 Investigation, the state is stepping up to help protect our most vulnerable residents. 

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has new information in her ongoing expose of a system that many say fails to protect those who need help the most.

Our series of reports prompted the Nevada Supreme Court to take a serious look at how the guardianship system was failing. One of the key recommendations - create a permanent Guardianship Compliance Office to support and protect the rights of people under guardianship. 

Today the Nevada Supreme Court announced Kathleen McCloskey will run the new office. McCloskey previously worked for Nevada Aging and Disability Services.  

Her first task will be hiring an investigator and forensic financial specialist to help courts overseeing guardianship cases.  

Our investigation revealed heart-wrenching stories where loved ones were isolated from family. Houses were sold without court approval and entire life savings were drained away. 

The Guardianship Compliance Office will also set up a toll-free hotline where anyone who suspects abuse or exploitation in a guardianship case can report those concerns.  

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