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Former guardian disbarred after thefts

  • Blog Post by: Jane Friedmann
  • June 21, 2013 - 10:42 AM

The Supreme Court disbarred an attorney who "committed professional misconduct" when she stole funds from vulnerable adults and committed perjury.

Terry Ann Hauge was convicted of six counts of felony theft by swindle for her actions while appointed as a guardian for as many as 200 clients. She was also convicted of one count of perjury.

Following is an excerpt from a March 2011 Whistleblower article about Hauge, titled Unfit to be lawyer, yet a guardian for 200.

Terri Ann Hauge's career as a lawyer came to an abrupt end in 1995 when state officials suspended her license for mishandling cases and lying to her clients.

But that didn't end Hauge's work in the courthouse. In a professional comeback that raises questions about how the state oversees court-appointed caretakers, Hauge and her business partner went on to amass the state's fourth-largest portfolio of work as guardians and conservators.

Though Hauge never sought reinstatement as a lawyer, she and her company, Estate Resources, were given control over the lives and finances of more than 200 vulnerable adults, despite complaints of neglect and mismanagement that go back as far as 2000, court records show.

Late last year, Hauge was charged with stealing $68,000 from 10 vulnerable adults in Rice County while ignoring their needs. One mentally ill man, investigators said, was living in squalor when he was rescued.
 
In September 2012, Whistleblower blogged about the criminal sentences imposed on Hauge for stealing money from the people she was tasked with protecting.

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