Mysterious signature adds to confusion in Patterson Guardianship case

Who is the mysterious person who signed off on $75,000 of Martin Patterson's funds?


WASHINGTON, September 2, 201 6- A mysterious signature has deepened the confusion over Martin Patterson’s already controversial guardianship.

Patterson, only 37 and a former Army Ranger, was deemed incompetent as a result of being hit by lightning and placed into guardianship in 2011. Under guardianship, he is unable to make his own financial decisions.

Several neurological and competency tests have found Patterson competent.

Patterson alleges his mother Gail, an employee of the Erie, Pennsylvania VA Medical Center,  is responsible for the guardianship petition. He also alleges that since he has been in guardianship, approximately $100,000 has been misspent.

On August 1, 2014, Karen Boatwright signed off on the accounting for Patterson’s yearly budget- a total in excess of $75,000.

But Boatwright is an individual Patterson doesn’t know.

“I’ve never communicated with her,” Patterson said.

Patterson further stated the name was totally foreign to him until he discovered it on his document. He said that it was his understanding that his VA Fiduciary- the individual solely responsible for managing his money while in guardianship- was Laura Eaton of the local nonprofit MECA Inc.

Not so, said Lisa Goebel, the spokesperson for the VA Fiduciary Hub In Indianapolis, which is overseeing the case.

“MECA Inc was assigned as Mr. Patterson’s Fiduciary,” Goebel said in an email. “Authorized officials of MECA Inc were approved to sign and submit accounting to the VA.”

Even so, according to all available 990 forms-the forms required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for non profit organizations – the only paid and working employee of MECA is Eaton.

The last forms on file were for 2013, so it is possible Boatwright could have started working at MECA after those papers were filed. However, Goebel has not provided evidence that Boatwright is an employee of MECA Inc as of publication.

Eaton only added to the confusion when reached by phone, saying “I’ve hired an attorney to deal with this case,” Eaton said, “and you’ll have to speak to them.”

But Eaton abruptly hung up the phone when asked to provide the name of the attorney.

Patterson told CDN that Eaton has only been slightly more communicative than Boatwright.

He said they have communicated less than ten times in five years and none in the last two years with Eaton preferring to generally communicate with his parents.

According to the VA Handbook only the Fiduciary can sign off on any accounting: “Items 1 through 7 are to be completed by the Fiduciary and returned to the Fiduciary Hub.”

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