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JOE B PHILLIPS HOUSTON LAWYER & FORMER VA "GUARDIAN" & WIFE DOROTHY PHILLIPS COMMIT LARGEST FRAUD EVER IN VA GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM

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Nov 8 10 12:38 PM

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LOCATION
HARRIS COUNTY & 4 OTHER COUNTIES - TEXAS

COURT ACTIONS
Dozens of Civil Suits


Individual disabled vets lost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to

more than $250,000.



Joe B. Phillips (71) - Houston lawyer and former VA employee
Dorothy Phillips (70) wife and legal assistant
Phillips and his wife were charged with 26 counts of conspiracy, tax fraud,

misappropriation of veterans' funds and related crimes in June.

2010 FEDERAL INDICTMENT

"Phillips ripped off veterans from 2003 to 2008. Attorneys say it's impossible
to know exactly when the problems began since banks often don't keep
records for more than five or 10 years and Phillips claims to have lost
documents in a garage fire."

"Phillips' own accountings showed tens of thousands of dollars missing."

 

DEFRAUDED


Veterans - The total number of victims and the scope of the fraud remains
unknown. In addition to the guardianships, Phillips also managed estates
of veterans who died and managed and received payments for other disabled
veterans who did not have guardianships.
 
The Veterans Administration's Guardianship Program

THE FRAUD
Some bank statements and expenses appeared to have been expertly
altered. In one case, the signature of a real out-of-state bank official was
lifted from another document to falsely verify the existence of a phony bank
account. A signature that appears to be Phillips' is on at least $1 million in
checks payable to himself against the accounts of 20 veterans.

FRAUD DISCOVERED
"Houston VA field auditor first discovered that Phillips' client files were
"incomplete, misleading or inaccurate" in a routine visit in November 2007,
federal court records show. A subsequent review in 2008 found a $2 million
shortfall.


2010 - November 8
HOUSTON CHRONICLE tells the story of Veterans who were defrauded
by this sordid couple.


THE FRAUDSTERS

Joe B. Phillips (71) - Houston lawyer and former VA employee
Dorothy Phillips (70) wife and legal assistant. Both deny theft
or fraud.

The two are accused of stealing more than $2 million from at least 28 Texas
veterans and hiding those thefts with faked bank statements, padded expenses
and even imaginary accounts verified with forged signatures, 

Phillips and his wife drove a Lexus and racked up $8,337 in debts at the
L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles, La., bankruptcy documents show.

BANKRUPTCY
 
"Phillips filed bankruptcy in 2009 to try to protect his assets against claims filed
on behalf of disabled veterans."


"Insurance companies that guaranteed his guardianship work have countersued


Phillips to recoup their losses."

"Phillips has argued that the VA — and U.S. taxpayers — should pick up the tab
for the debacle since under various laws federal officials are required to audit, review
and approve all bills submitted by VA-approved guardians."


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Nov 12 10 7:09 PM

This is sad. To steal from the people that make it possible to live her in the USA and then live wealthy off the money that they scarficed their life for and earned.Sad from a person you would think would help you...then again he is a lawyer.

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Nov 12 10 8:43 PM

The Phillips and people like them, that steal from Veterans, are scum in my opinion.
I hope they spend the last years of their lives incarcerated, without the trappings of
wealth that they acquired by stealing from the Vets whose money it rightfully is.

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