Crooks are always on the lookout for victims, sometimes the people you'd least expect.
When Vernon learned he had an aggressive for of leukemia, he immediately put his estate in trust to protect his family.
According to Vernon's partner Erik Varvir, he used an attorney named Ken, a longtime associate of Vernon's family.
"He made Ken, the attorney, the administrator of the will, because the family had used him for years."
Three weeks later, Vernon passed away.
Erik went with Vernon's stepson to the attorney to settle the estate. But all they got were excuses.
"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 is started. He kept making excuses."
Vern's stepson says the story kept changing. "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, investigators found the money from Vernon's estate was gone - all of it."
"He did it fairly quickly, we didn't realize it. He had started to withdraw money from Vernon's trust two weeks after he died in $30,000 increments."
"It's devastating." said Vernon's stepson. "Especially to find out it's a professional. They are supposed to be watching out for you."
Vernon's family is not alone. U.S. Postal Inspectors say there were multiple victims and more than $800,000 in losses. "It was quite substantial loss, because it involved people's estates- everything they had saved all of their lives-- it was just taken from them."
"The level of betrayal is indescribable." says Erik. "You know and Vernon wasn't here too... You know... Who speaks for him? It was Vernon's money."
Postal Inspectors say attorney Ken Hoesch spent the money he stole on very expensive trips and an art collection. He was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.
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