Ombudsman declines to investigate Grandma B’s Case

UPDATE

Well, it came as no surprise to hear that the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) decided there was nothing to investigate here. There is nothing like transparency in government, eh?

However, in the same post as the PHSO’s letter was a parcel from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) containing the bulk of Grandma B’s file. This revealing evidence shows that the OPG deliberately misled the PHSO, prejudicing the outcome of its investigation. Bit of an own goal that one, eh?

Grandma B seized the opportunity and has requested the PHSO to reconsider their adjudication.

We await a reply….

Anyway, here’s the original article:

Ombudsman to Investigate Grandma B’s Case?

The PHSO has confirmed that a decision on whether or not to proceed with the following complaint will be announced within approximately one week that:

  • The OPG should report the City of York Council (CYC) to the Police for its attempts to defraud Grandma B by having her carer’s Lasting Powers of Attorney annulled and instead given to her abusers.
  • The OPG carry out a full investigation into CYC’s attempts to defraud vulnerable people in, or subject to its care, as the evidence indicates that Grandma B’s case is the tip of the iceberg and that senior officers of CYC are participating in a crime syndicate.
  • The OPG send a copy of Grandma B’s file under the Freedom of Information Act. The OPG has been refusing to do so, leading to speculation they are attempting to hide the fraud committed by CYC.

Background

In December 2008, the Court of Protection granted Grandma B’s carer Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) for his father. Due to a clerical error, it took a few more weeks for him to be granted an LPA for Grandma B.

This act confirmed that the Court of Protection recognised Peter Hofschröer’s position as sole carer and legal guardian for his elderly parents. Peter was now in a position to prevent their main abuser York social worker Robert Hofschröer from seizing their remaining assets.

Obviously, this caused disconcertion to Robert’s colleagues, who were evidently expecting a share of the proceeds of this crime. After all, they had made considerable efforts to help their colleague in his criminal acts by fabricating an assault allegation against Grandma B’s carer, by unlawfully blocking his Stage 1 complaint against them, by surreptitiously cancelling his parents’ application for sheltered housing and by falsifying the record to cover their tracks.

Grandma B’s carer later established that the social worker who illegally blocked the Stage 1 investigation was Sophie Tweed, who was running a dodgy private care company, the one suspected of laundering the assets of the victims of this racket, at the same time she was working for York Social Services (YSS). She was the manager of Mark Bednarski, the social worker and black-belt in Kung Fu, who fabricated the assault allegation against Grandma B’s carer.

Grandma B’s carer, a determined chap, did not let these attempts to stop him protecting his parents from the criminal acts of York social workers, and insisted a Stage 2 investigation. After considerable pressure, CYC reluctantly agreed to this. Grandma B’s carer then insisted that the partners in crime, Bednarski and Tweed, be taken off the case. On 23 December 2008, their manager Anne Bygrave, wrote to Grandma B’s carer telling him they had indeed been taken off the case. She lied.

The record, a redacted copy of Grandma B’s social services file obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows inappropriate e-mail contacts between Mark Bednarski, Sophie Tweed and Robert Hofschröer in January 2009, discussing how YSS could help Robert have Peter’s LPA cancelled and passed to Robert. That is clearly a serious criminal offence – conspiracy to defraud.

Bednarski and Tweed were trying to assist Robert to obtain control over Grandma B and her savings at a time when they knew he was the subject of allegations of abuse and had abandoned her.

Bednarski was not acting on his own initiative, as copies of his correspondence with the OPG were circulated to the senior management of YSS, including Anne Bygrave, Ralph Edwards and Anne Tidd.

The Local Government Ombudsman’s report confirms that Bednarski and Tweed were left on this case until the end of March 2009 – when an investigation into their criminal activities started.

What is worse, acting in concern with Grandma B’s main abuser, senior managers of YSS, along with Tweed and Bednarski held an unlawful safeguarding conference on Grandma B’s carer on 16 January 2009 without informing him – in the case of abuse allegations, the alleged abuser is required to be informed of the allegations, so he can offer a defence. Clearly, YSS  did not want Grandma B’s carer to answer the latest false allegations they had fabricated to discredit him, which were that he had “stolen” his parents’ life savings. The police had already investigated these allegations the previous September and had found them to be without substance, so YSS was clearly aware their allegations were without foundation.

Obviously, YSS were not going to let a mere technicality like the fact their allegations were clearly false from preventing them help their colleague seize his recently bereaved mother’s assets against her will – presumably for a share of the proceeds.

The same day, Bednarski made enquiries to the OPG regarding the status of Grandma B’s LPA and what steps they would need to have it annulled. This is further evidence of how senior York social workers are conspiring with a known abuser to plunder a vulnerable person’s assets. This is serious organised crime.

Obviously, neither Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell of North Yorkshire Police nor Chief Executive Kersten England of CYC have a problem with such rampant corruption within the organisations they lead. Neither do CYC’s councillors, nor York’s MP’s, nor the members of North Yorkshire Police Authority. It does not take much imagination to work out why.

The OPG investigated the false allegations of financial abuse made against Grandma B’s carer by YSS, as is shown by a heavily redacted copy of the file he obtained from the OPG after considerable effort over a period of months. It was clear the OPG was very reluctant to release anything that could be used in evidence against the criminal activities of York social workers. Furthermore, although it was clear to Martin John, the chief executive of the OPG, that YSS had knowingly made false allegations against Grandma B in an attempt to defraud her of her assets, yet he declined to report this serious crime to the police.

As the disproportionate efforts made by YSS to discredit Grandma B’s carer and to fraudulently seize her assets raised suspicions that her case was merely the tip of an iceberg and that CYC, YSS, NYP and local politicians are running a racket in which isolated vulnerable people are systematically defrauded, Grandma B’s carer requested the OPG to investigate his allegations, as it was likely that the corrupt officials involved in Grandma B’s case would have obtained powers of attorney over other suspected victims.

The OPG prevaricated, evaded the issue and then claimed to have investigated the allegations without sight of the evidence the professional fraud investigator working on this case had accumulated in two years.

It would seem the OPG is trying to cover up something unwholesome.

Let us hope that the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman will conduct a full, thorough and open investigation in the public interest and resolve these open questions and very serious allegations.

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4 Comments

  1. joeblogs2u

     /  05/09/2013

    IT SEEMS THE OMBUDSMAN ARE NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE. I COMPLAINED TO THEM REGARDING OUR GRANDDAUGHTER WHO WAS PLACED INTO FOSTER CARE BY SOCIAL WORKERS WHO MADE FALSE UNDEFENDED ALLEGATIONS IN COURT DOCUMENTS ABOUT GRANDFATHER STATING HE SHOUTS AND SWEARS AT HIS GRANDCHILDREN, GRANDFATHER BEING MYSELF WASN’T ALLOWED IN COURT TO DEFEND MY GOOD NAME. THE OMBUDSMAN TOLD ME THE LAW WONT ALLOW THEM TO INVESTIGATE SOCIAL SERVICES. IT’S JUST LIKE SAYING THE LAW ACCEPTS FALSE ALLEGATIONS FROM THE SS WHO NO MORE THAN PERVERTED THE COURSE OF JUSTICE !

    Reply
    • Thanks for your comment. We could not have put it better ourselves. The first investigator from the Local Government Ombudsman’s office working on Grandma B’s case did publish a favourable report, but he was quickly put on “sick leave”, while his report was binned. The next report ignored all the evidence of abuse and covered up the criminal behaviour of York Social Services.

      Do look at the page on former SS criminal Mark Bednarski, who now commits crimes on behalf of the Ombudsman:

      https://grandmabarbara.wordpress.com/2-updates/mark-bednarski/

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  2. joeblogs2u

     /  05/09/2013

    THANK’S FOR SUPPORT GRANDMA B. THE TWO SOCIAL WORKERS WHO PERVERTED THE COURSE OF JUSTICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SENT TO PRISON JUST THE SAME AS ANYBODY WHO PERVERTS THE COURSE OF JUSTICE. I DIDN’T INTEND TO MAKE A BIG ISSUE BUT IT IS THE SS WHO HAVE NOW TURNED IT INTO ONE BY MAKING MY GENUINE COMPLAINT INTO A LEGAL MATTER TO PREVENT THEM HAVING TO ANSWER TO ANYBODY KNOWING VERY WELL I CAN’T HAVE ACCESS TO LEGAL AID UNLIKE THEM WITH £ MILLIONS OF TAXPAYERS MONEY TO WASTE. JUST BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT ADMIT THEY GOT IT WRONG AND APOLOGISE TO ME THEN I WOULD BRING THE MATTER TO A CLOSE AND PUT IT BEHIND ME.

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