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Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Attorney Loots Deceased Man's Estate

Updated: Wednesday, November 27 2013, 04:33 PM EST




CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- A man loses his battle with cancer and that's not all he
lost.

Local 12 TroubleShooter Howard Ain says his loved ones have lost
more than they ever imagined as well. As more and more baby boomers are reaching
retirement age it's a good idea to estate planning. Such planning can help avoid
the problems one family faced.

"Erik Varvir: He had looted the estate."


Erik is referring to the estate of his partner, Vernon. When Vernon
learned he had an agressive form of leukemia, he immediately took steps to put
his estate in order to protect his family.

Varvir: "He made Ken, the
attorney, the administrator of the will, because the family had used him for
years."

Three weeks later, Vernon was gone. Erik and Vernon's step son
went to attorney, Ken Hoesch, to settle the estate.

Varvir: "He was
supposed to bring over copies of the master copies of the trust and all the
paperwork. He never did and that is where it started. He kept giving us
excuses."

Step Son: "I'll be in court next week... I'll talk to the
judge in two weeks... It just went on and on."

After months without
answers, postal inspectors began an investigation and found the money from
Vernon's estate was gone... all of it.

Varvir: "He did it fairly quickly.
We didn't realize it. But he had started to withdraw money from Vernon's trust
two weeks after he died in $30-thousand dollar increments."

Step Son:
"It's devastating, especially to find out it's a professional is the one that
did that. They are supposed to be watching out for you, not taking advantage of
you."

Vernon's family was not alone. Postal inspectors say there were
multiple victims and more than $800-thousand dollars in losses among the cases.


Gil Webb: "It was quite substantial loss, because it involved peoples
estates, everything they had saved all of their lives. It was just taken from
them."

Step Son: "He was taking advantage of elderly people, people he
knew, organizations, people that were due certain things, and he had no right to
just take them and do what he wanted with them."

Varnir: "The level of
betrayal is indescribable. You know and Vernon wasn't here too... you know...
Who speaks for him? It was Vernon's money."

Postal inspectors say Ken
Hoesch spent the money he stole on very expensive trips and an art collection.
Hoesch was sentenced to six and a half years in prison and was ordered to pay
one million dollars in restitution. Howard Ain, Troubleshooter: Attorney Loots Deceased Man's Estate


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