Problems in the guardianship system in New Mexico continue. I’m referring to the article by Phaedra Haywood (“Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet,” April 27).
Obviously, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer did not believe that 26 criminal counts were serious enough to put the couple in this case in jail. It’s this same twisted logic that allows attorneys and judges in this state to continue to overlook such criminals to hold them accountable.
District Attorney Marco Serna stated that he didn’t seek prison time for Dian Zeemin and Joseph Rosko because “neither showed they were violent or a danger to the public.” I definitely disagree. They were indeed a danger to former Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Ferk and his estate. They embezzled $340,000 from this World War II veteran. How disgusting and disrespectful can one be?
This state has no accountability in this area. Through Colleen Heild’s articles in the Albuquerque Journal, many have been educated regarding the substandard treatment that these very vulnerable individuals have experienced.
New Mexicans, wake up and comprehend what’s happening in the Land of Enchantment. When will those in power (New Mexico legislators, New Mexico attorneys and New Mexico judges (Magistrate Court, District Court and Supreme Court justices) open their eyes and sincerely take action to respect and protect our most vulnerable New Mexicans?
Lorraine Mendiola is the legislative assistant director of the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, New Mexico chapter. She lives in Santa Fe.