My question involves a power of attorney in the state of: California
To get a fuller picture please start with the last paragraph. Will add to it later if needed.
Besides the fact that it says clearly on the forms that reasonable fees & expenses may be taken by the Poa, when I made (this trip in question for which I took fees as Poa), I did so with 2 understandings in place, from 2 promises made. 1 can be verified w/ a social worker that was on the clock & has said she will take questions about this promise, & one was just from my grandmother for much more money than I took - I just took itemized time & expenses.
The Sacramento Pd says no crime has been committed, but I am dumbfounded as to how this ombudsman services non-profit could be harassing me at all, nevermind w/ the evidence I've given them that my grandmother is perjuring herself - oh my yes, what a classy situation this is.
This person I've been dealing w/ put down in black & white that even if "my contacts" (the social worker is 'my contact'?) stated otherwise, since my grandmother denied it the money had to be returned, essentially stating that the evidence didn't matter - clearly not legal!
The Sac Pd's fraud person's take on this was that I should look up this Osnc group on BBB to see if they were even legit & potentially just stop dealing with them. She advised I do something like this or get free legal help. What makes this extra difficult is the whole part where I live fairly far from where she does in another state - so I can't just go somewhere local, I don't believe anyhow.
Thanks so much for your time - my household has been hard-hit by the recession & can't just give this money back - part of which I actually spent! though in truth the missed work is the same difference only a greater expense. My concern is about being tied up in an even more costly legal process - it seems clear that I can't be prosecuted. I've tried to go over the ombudsperson's head on this & haven't received a call back. Also trying other low-cost legal services - just haven't gotten many responses/been playing phone tag or they can't help me b/c I'm not the elder. I Am also trying to save the relationship if I can, but it seems mediation is voluntary.
More details (from the beginning)
The day after Thanksgiving last year, I started getting phone calls about my grandmother's stroke. My financial situation not being good enough to just drop everything & spend money/miss work - I am a somewhat older student but a student nonetheless, w/ a lot of debt & loss due to lack of/underemployment in my household - I made the trip after my grandmother promised expenses, & that there were two Cds, of equal value, for my mother & I, & the one for my mother was "enough to get her on her feet, for a while" (raised eyebrows - indicating her understanding about how much it would take to get someone on their feet who hasn't been in over 30 years). When it became clear this money would just go to denying her benefits, I realized that w/ no light at the end of the tunnel in terms of these funds, I would have to take money not just for the promised direct expenses, but for missed work.
I wrote a detailed letter, explaining all this, & the only way I found out she was even upset was from this ombudsperson. She has cut off contact. I have since written over 30 pages worth of letters to her, her friend who also promised the expenses to me for her, the ombudsperson, but my grandmother has a history of vindictive/abusive behavior & isn't seeming to hear reason. I'm even wondering if I can file a complaint that my grandmother is getting bad counsel - it seems it's gov't funded for chrissakes! though the Pd hadn't heard of them..