A mother serving as a guardian for her paraplegic daughter used money earmarked for her daughter’s continuing medical care to pay for lavish family vacations and late fees for missed mortgage payments.

In another case, a guardian without court permission sold her ward’s property at an estate-type sale managed by her husband and failed to get receipts for the largely cash sales. The guardian later filed documents stating expenses from the sale exceeded proceeds, costing the ward more money. The guardian also billed the ward for storing property at a building owned by the guardian and for labor provided by her children.

In yet another instance, a family member complained a guardian was interfering with visits to the ward. But an investigation showed that family member was providing crack cocaine and marijuana to the ward and holding drug parties at the ward’s home.