Our father was a 77-year-old mobile and very successful man, who had spent his winters in Deland, Florida for more than 25 years. In November 2012, he had lost his wife- our beloved mother- and was losing most of his peers by attrition. To be honest, my father was very sad and lonely which unfortunately made him a target.
After our mother passed away, our father soon a woman, Mary, at a local monthly breakfast club- actually the Shriner's pancake breakfast. From day one, Mary’s lies began- claiming she was a Registered Nurse and telling him she would take care of him. Indeed, that was her plan- to take care of him— and the five others! That is correct, same organization, same woman, same crime. No doubt, this was all carefully orchestrated, five in five years… that’s just what I know about. There are others. Spread the word, tell everyone you know that this is happening.
The first lie from Mary: The claim to be an RN. Florida Board of Nursing records showed she was NOT an RN. Records in Florida showed there was a lady with her name who was an RN- that lady was 88 years old and had passed away in 2012.
Never in a million years would I have ever imagined this could happen to my father, Ed Johnson. My father was a very bright-strong man. He worked and retired from Ford Motor Company- in Louisville, KY. In his younger years, my father spent four years serving in the US Navy and was stationed in Florida. He dreamed of returning and retiring on the St. John's River in Florida. After years of hard work, saving his hard earned money— down to every penny, and determination...that's exactly what my he and my mother did. A dream come true, which would soon turn into a nightmare on the St. John’s River.
My parents were married over 54 years and had five children. When my mother passed away in November 2012, my father was devastated, he was lost and very lonely. He maintained his home in Kentucky while taking care of his properties in Florida. We visited him frequently (monthly for the first eight month… that is, until Mary came into the picture) after our mothers death.
Mary, who called my father…. daddy and referred to herself in police documents as "special friend" quickly learned of my fathers assets. Before we even could comprehend what was going on, she was listed on properties thru quick deed claims, checking and savings accounts, lock boxes, and last but certainly not least... the Family Trust. Yep, she moved that fast. She had my father sign a document with no witness or notary stating all "tangible" items belonged to her. If your unsure what that means, she took everything!
This was not Mary’s first rodeo. We would learn after his death, she had a restraining order filed against her by an elderly man in the 90’s. there was a man named jack and a woman named Danni who both fell prey to this evil woman.
With my father being over 800 miles away- we didn't have a clue the lies she was whispering to him. She quickly learned family dynamics, infiltrating, excluding, and turning siblings against sibling with her vicious lies. She had possession of my father’s phone most of the time, thus he had no way of contacting us. If he had access to a phone, all our numbers were in his cell phone. In addition, our numbers were blocked on his cell phone to prevent him from knowing we had tried to contact him. Every move she made was very strategic.
Orange County Property records later revealed at the same time she was deceiving and robbing my father, Mary was first quick deeded on my father’s first property in October 2013. In December of 2013, Mary was also Quick Deeded of another elderly women’s- DANNI- property in Orlando. Read Danni's tragic story. It is eerily similar to my fathers nightmare.
To be honest, we just really couldn't believe that there were people out there that would prey upon and take advantage of the vulnerable elderly. Keep reading, because they do, and without any conscious whatsoever. Our family story, what happened to my father Is heartbreaking. It has taken four long years to heal and not let this destroy our lives. Pure and simple, nothing but evil.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8
So-very quickly in a matter of a few short months, somehow Mary had control. This control was on many levels, emotional, physical, financial and medical. Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know the entire story, we only have bits and pieces of information that we have been able to put together. Heartbreaking.
Within months, thru lies, manipulation, and poisoning (let that get into your head… poisoned) she was listed as his medical guardian and power of attorney. Her vehement opposition to his children was so deep-seated that she vociferously objected our efforts to visit. Our distraught, aged father unbeknownst to us was in and out of the Deland hospital and rehab facilities, He was kept without the family being aware. She had his phone, and he was eight hundred miles away from any family members. In May 2014, at the suggestion of the social worker at Deland Hospital, I contacted Florida Elder Abuse and they became involved and opened an investigation.
We have learned first hand, in the area of elderly abuse, often proving there was a victim can be difficult. Many times the victim, doesn’t know exactly what they were doing, trusting the perpetrator. Other times, the fraud is committed under duress and the victim may seem to be a willing partner while all along only cooperating out of fear.
See below my fathers final words for us to read, to know what was actually going on in his life... written by a physical therapist in his home health record documentation the day before he passed away. This is a wake up call to what is happening to our vulnerable elders Are you listening, no one seems to care.
DOCUMENTED BY NIRVANA HOME HEALTH:
"During this visit on 7-23-14, "Mary" (significant other) told this therapist that the patient had an accident early in the morning (diarrhea) and she helped the patient and gave him a good shower. She reported that she was investigated by the DCF in the past of suspected abuse charged by the patient daughter but found nothing after the investigation. (Patient and daughter are not getting along together ever since he met his significant other).
"Mary" left us to go to Orlando for a very important appointment to her lawyer. This therapist told this patient about the diarrhea accident early in the morning but denied that he was being helped by "Mary". He also tells this therapist that when he came home from the ER last Sunday morning, "Mary" left him alone whole day. He said that he needs to get better and stronger so he can get a lawyer and able to manage his finances again. Also claims that when he got investigated by the DCF, he did not disclose everything. He was offered to have a social services to assist him with this issue but declined because he don't want "Mary" to know this. Told the patient that he needs to have a caregiver when "Mary" go out for any appointment. He agreed that he needs someone to be with him to assist because he is still weak. He said that he will tell "Mary" about getting an aide.
Between 6:30-6:45pm, "Mary" called this therapist very upset that she asked this therapist to quit with Nirvana and sit down with the patient. She said she was told by the patient that I am concerned about the patient being leftalone. This therapist told her about the patient charges against her but she denied, claimed that the patient not in a good mind that he has dementia. (recently diagnosed). I told "Mary" that I should not hear anything like this report from the patient. told her that I reported this incident to the case manager, Elaine, RN who agreed to this therapist that the patient still have a clear of mind. Patient and significant other contradict each other with their report to this therapist."
The next morning... home health documentation shows that when they showed up to my father's home, he was so confused he was using a urinal for a telephone. Despite documentation by home health encouraging "Mary" to take him to the hospital, he remained at home. He passed away later that night, July 24, 2014.
Volusia County Police Reports show a 911 call was placed, the police arrived at the property and a complete survey of the premises was performed and collection of medications on the property were obtained and placed in a lock box.
In October 2014, Toxicology reports by Dr William Anderson showed a drug Amiodarone, in toxic levels in my fathers body. My father was highly allergic to Amiodarone, In 2009, when he was hospitalized in Deland Hospital, he was told to NEVER take Amiodarone again, and his medical records show he WAS NOT prescribed this medication. Medications were collected on the premises and given to investigators at the death scene. They were collected from "Mary", Amiodarone was NOT listed as a drug he was taking nor was it given to investigators at the death scene.
A note: My father had spent approx. 3 weeks in a rehab facility between May and July 2014. One week prior to his death, July 17, 2014- he was in the Deland Florida hospital, the discharge diagnosis was Cardiotonic poisoning. The hospital record DOES NOT show he was taking or being administered Amiodarone. My father was exhibiting signs and symptoms of toxicty, such as losing his vision visual disturbances, and pulmonary toxicity issues. One can only assume how Amiodarone could have ever possibly been in his system and who could have been in contact with him to give him toxic levels of the drug.
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