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



About Diane Wilson

Guardianship must be abolished. This draconian law strips human beings of their civil and humanitarian rights. It is used as a method to dispose of the elderly and disabled, steal their estates, and isolate them from their loved ones.

Posted on July 17, 2013, in GUARDIANSHIP ABUSE and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Joan Pezzollo

    Even as I re-read these parts of my OWN story, my OWN life, and my OWN events, it still all seems surreal to me. Never in my wildest dreams did i think that such atrocities could still exist in the modern world. How can the systems that were allegedly put in place to protect people and society, be used to destroy so many lives? It’s easy to see why the “criminals” participate, but why do so many look the other way?? I hope someday the level of awareness will be raised sufficiently by people like Diane, myself, and the other unfortunate victims, of what can only be described as demeaning, demoralizing and horrifying, so that we can all create a voice loud enough to be heard to put an END to this once and for all……

    • Joan, so many look the other way because they don’t want to “get involved” or they think it can’t happen to them; then there are those who immediately pre-judge the situation and think you must have done something wrong if a stranger is the guardian and you are denied permission to see your own mother. People need to wake up. This is really happening.

      These people found a “legal method to steal.” All they have to do is pretend that the elderly person is in danger and their health will be jeopardized if their family members speak to them. They lie and get their cronies to back them up. It is so bizarre.

      We are raising the level of awareness just by telling our own stories, as painful as that is. It is our responsibility to let every single person know exactly what is going on in this country and warn them against going to the courts. I have received many calls and e-mails from people telling me that after they read my story they decided against going to a lawyer for guardianship. So we are saving people from the same fate our Moms have suffered.

      I promised my Mom justice and I will see it through.

      • Thank you Diane for your kind and reassuring words. I will do whatever I can to help, despite how difficult it can be at times.But I know your’s what HAS To be done to stop the bleeding, and put an end to the abuse and corruption…

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