The Bergs' experience with Byars was the focus of a
Byars, whose former Global Guardian Services was located in
Byars was arrested at her home Thursday and released on her own recognizance the next morning. No attorney was listed for her on her court dockets; she has a hearing in the
Byars could not be reached. A woman who answered the cellphone number she used last year hung up Tuesday when called by The Inquirer.
Guardians are appointed by judges to help arrange care for people who are deemed incapable of taking care of themselves or their finances. As a fiduciary, Byars was supposed to act in her clients' best interests.
But questions about her financial management led judges in
McElhatton brought Byars' past convictions on fraud, bad checks, and forgery to Orphans' Court Judge
On Tuesday, McElhatton said of Byars' arrest: "I am gratified that the criminal-justice system has caught up with her, and that she is going to be held to account as she should."
Herron last year referred the Bergs' case and that of the estate of
In the city, the
In the Bergs' case, the
The alleged misspending also included
With regard to Segal's estate, the
Herron, in a September decree, had ordered Byars to reimburse Segal's estate
Last summer, Byars and her husband,
The Inquirer last August reported that she had the wedding reception at the Manor House at
In the third case, the
The woman's niece,
After Byars' past criminal convictions were brought to Orphans' Court's attention in 2017, guardians in
The requirements mirrored recommendations proposed by the
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