Kyle Barnett Apr. 7, 2015, 5:49pm


GRETNA – The executor of a deceased woman’s estate is suing three people that served as her caregivers as she suffered from illness, including Alzheimer’s disease, over a six period for defrauding her of $300,000.

Lynn Dupree, independent dative executrix of the succession of Marjorie Olene Blake, filed suit against Paul L. Juarez Jr., Gayan S. Jaurez and Lauren E. Juarez in the 24th Judicial District Court on Feb. 20.

Dupree, as the independent executrix of the succession of Marjorie Olene Blake, asserts that on April 18, 2008 Blake executed a power of attorney order in favor of Paul L. Juarez Jr. to handle her financial affairs just prior to her being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The plaintiff claims that from 2008 until the death of Blake in March 2014 Paul L. Juarez Jr. , along with his co-defendants, systematically diverted the majority of Blake’s assets for their own use. Dupree alleges Paul L. Juarez Jr. specifically violated state law by entering into contracts with himself on behalf of Blake while serving as her power of attorney.

In addition, the plaintiff contends the defendants also changed beneficiaries of Blake’s life insurance policy to Gayan S. Juarez with Paul L. Juarez Jr. serving as a contingency beneficiary. Over the period of Paul L. Juarez Jr.’s power of attorney the defendants are alleged to have paid themselves in excess of $300,000 for caregiving services, made $32,000 payment to a business owned by Gayan S. Juarez and used Blake’s funds for personal expenses.

The defendant is accused of breach of fiduciary duty, conversion and fraud.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought by the plaintiff.

Dupree is represented by Ira R. Silverstein of the Gretna-based The Silverstein Law Firm APLC.

The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Michael P. Mentz.

Case no. 746-914.

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