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Meet Joan, Another Victim of the Legal System…One of Judge Asarch’s Last Abused Citizens—Part Five

Those of us whose family members or loved ones or friends are the victims of guardianship abuse know without a doubt that it is only about the money. Certain members of the legal profession, who believe they are above the law, found a vulnerable segment of society and figured out a way to exploit them.  Then they found judges who were equally corrupt and lo and behold, a very lucrative business was born.

But the elderly are not only exploited by the legal profession; others have also figured out ways to steal and abuse these innocent and helpless people. They want a piece of the action as well. In the case of Marilyn Ingrasani, it was Rachel Jones, an acquaintance of Joan Pezzollo’s nanny, who had a good thing going for a while. It wasn’t until she bought glasses for herself from Tiffany’s, charged on Marilyn’s credit card, that finally got her fired. Since she has not been able to get back into Marilyn’s house and bank accounts, she decided to confess and turn the lawyers in for their part in what she refers to as a “big scam.”            

By Joan Pezzollo

“After everyone ignored the report from the private investigator, I felt defeated. My friends and family didn’t believe that this was happening. People would tell me “Maybe the secretary didn’t give him the report” or “You need to write to the judge” or “Get a different lawyer, this isn’t right” or “If it was my mother I would just go to the house and take her home with me.” Then there were those people who did not really believe this whole sordid tale was even happening. Some thought I did something wrong because they were of the mindset that judges and lawyers would never intentionally hurt anyone. Well, they know now.

In the fall of 2012, my lawyer who had worked tirelessly on my case and became one of my dearest friends, became ill. In November of 2012, he passed away. Due to his illness, he was unable to work on my case for the last few months of his life. It was right after he passed that Rachel was fired for using my mother’s credit card for buying herself $800.00 worth of Tiffany glasses without getting George Esernio’s approval. It wasn’t the neglect of my mother; the private investigator’s damning report; the lies; the theft of my mother’s car; driving without a license and jeopardizing my mother’s safety; the theft of more than $500,000 worth of jewelry; the filth Mom was forced to live in. No, she was fired because George Esernio did not give her “permission” to use my mother’s credit card. So I am now aware that everything else was done with George Esernio’s permission.

A new aide was brought in to care for my mother. Rachel was very upset that she had “lost” her home and access to Mom’s money and valuables. She tried everything she could to get back in, including the claim that her “husband” was actually related to my mother and the new aide was physically abusing Marilyn. Since she could no longer get in the house to take the rest of the valuables, she didn’t want anyone else to have them either. So Rachel called Sal, who has power of attorney and pays all Mom’s bills, and decided to confess. According to Rachel, Joel Kaplan, of Kaplan Belsky Ross Bartell, LLP in Garden City, NY, was the “biggest crook of all and knew full well that Marilyn had no idea what she was doing when she revoked Joan’s power of attorney.” Rachel also said that “Kaplan, Belling and Esernio are all crooks and only care about Marilyn’s money” and that Judge Joel Asarch was corrupt. At that point Rachel proceeded to try to convince Sal that he should apply for guardianship” so they could get rid of George Esernio and she, Rachel, would be rehired as Marilyn’s aide.

So now we have the truth from the person who started it all, Rachel Jones. Of course, the reason I was kicked out of my mother’s life was because of all the lies she told these people in the beginning. They believed her then so why wouldn’t they believe her now? She worked in tandem with the judge and attorneys and care manager to embezzle funds from my mother’s estate.  And since they are still getting paid and she is not, she was perfectly willing to throw them all under the bus.

I now have a new attorney and have spent well over $100,000 fighting these crooks. My mother is in and out of the hospital a few times a month and I am not allowed to visit her when she is there nor am I allowed to know why she is even there. I was given four “supervised” visits with my mother until the next court date in August. And the person supervising me is Virginia Belling, the very woman who has endangered my mother’s life on every level for the past four years.

At times I feel like Alice in Wonderland when she fell down the rabbit hole. “It would be so nice if something made sense here.” So far, nothing has made sense; however the truth always rises to the top and with Rachel’s confession, the guilty parties have been exposed.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Next—My family’s story


Meet Joan, Another Victim of the Legal System…One of Judge Asarch’s Last Abused Citizens—Part Four

Meet Joan, Another Victim of the Legal System…One of Judge Asarch’s Last Abused Citizens—Part Four.

Meet Joan, Another Victim of the Legal System…One of Judge Asarch’s Last Abused Citizens—Part Four


This article is the fourth in a series about the guardianship and judicial abuse of Marilyn Ingrasani. When a stranger, a woman by the name of Rachel Jones wove her way into Joan Pezzollo’s family, Joan was unaware of the sinister twists and turns it would take. She believed that if she hired an attorney and went to court that anyone could easily see through the lies and manipulation that were taking place. She had no idea that these professionals would all play an active role in the continuing unfolding drama and destruction of Marilyn. Four years later Joan is still desperately trying to save her mother.

By Joan Pezzollo

“I was at such a loss while Rachel was living in Mom’s home. I had exhausted all of my legal options and almost $100,000 of my own money trying to fight this woman and get her out. My lawyer and I were researching every other angle and coming up blank. While we knew everything that was going on was illegal, when the judge is corrupt, as it appears Judge Joel Asarch was, your arguments just fall on deaf ears. You are at the mercy of every single one of his decisions, no matter how wrong they are. A judge is only a lawyer wearing a robe that has been given extraordinary powers to destroy people’s lives; many lawyers are quite skilled at manipulating the truth.

I asked the private investigator I hired to watch Mom’s house and find out what was going on. The report was shocking, to say the least. What he uncovered appeared to show that her house was being used as a pickup and drop off point for buying drugs. There were strangers going in and out of her home at all hours of the day and night, yet my children and myself were “banned” from visiting! The house was always dark and the windows were boarded up. Why? My mother never lived like that before. And why wasn’t Virginia Belling, of Senior Placement Services in Massapequa watching out for my mother? After all, the late Judge Joel Asarch appointed her to “watch out for Mom’s needs.” And where was George Esernio of Albanese and Albanese in Garden City, NY? He was the guardian appointed by Asarch to “care” for Mom. And what about the police? They were not the least bit interested in what was uncovered by this report and the welfare and safety of an elderly, incapacitated woman. I was told that law enforcement will not do anything when there is a guardianship and a judge and attorney involved. What makes people think that judges and attorneys are above the law? They are supposed to uphold it, but from what I have seen, more often than not they are the ones guilty of breaking and abusing the law.

I gave this report to my attorney. He gave copies to everyone involved including Judge Asarch. And their response? They ignored it, just like every other piece of evidence I brought before them.

Next—Shocking confessions


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