ABC Action News: Who is William Bercheau?

William Bercheau started our investigation into the professional guardian program in Florida when the ABC Action News I-Team discovered he was placed in an Alzheimer’s unit, even though there was strong evidence he didn’t belong there. 

 Since then, we’ve been digging deeper… preparing to reveal what we discovered in a series of stories starting Monday.

 William Berchau was born in Lithuania in 1914.

He fled to Germany during Joseph Stalin’s rise to power, then immigrated from Germany to the United States to escape Adolph Hitler’s regime.

Berchau had a long career as an employee of the Illinois Central Railroad.  He and his wife retired in Clearwater, Fla.

Shortly after her death in 2010, he attempted to sell his house and was soon taken into the Florida Guardian Program.

Patricia Johnson was appointed his professional guardian late that year. He has tried to have her removed on several occasions, to no avail.

Watch the video of William Berchau telling his story in his own words.

See also:
ABC Action News:  Questionable Guardianship Real Estate Transactions

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14 Responses to “ABC Action News: Who is William Bercheau?”

  1. B Inberg Says:

    Wishing you all the best William Bercheau.Thank you!!! ABC News Action I-Team we LOVE you!From a member of NASGA Illinois

  2. B Inberg Says:

    Wishing you all the best William Bercheau.Thank you!!! ABC News Action I-Team we LOVE you!From a member of NASGA Illinois

  3. Mike Says:

    ABC is the greatest!

  4. Mike Says:

    ABC is the greatest!

  5. StandUp Says:

    Hats off to both of them!

  6. StandUp Says:

    Hats off to both of them!

  7. Betty Says:

    Adam Walser is my hero!

  8. Betty Says:

    Adam Walser is my hero!

  9. Sue Says:

    HERO is right Betty. I can see the kindness in Adam Walser's eyes. Mr. Bercheau we care about you!!

  10. Sue Says:

    HERO is right Betty. I can see the kindness in Adam Walser's eyes. Mr. Bercheau we care about you!!

  11. Clara Says:

    I don't think we can ever thank you enough, Mr. Walser, for what you've done for this gentleman.

  12. Clara Says:

    I don't think we can ever thank you enough, Mr. Walser, for what you've done for this gentleman.

  13. Kathleen Says:

    I hope Mr. Bercheau will be able to have his life back as he deserves.No one should be held against their will. Thanks ABC I-Team

  14. Kathleen Says:

    I hope Mr. Bercheau will be able to have his life back as he deserves.No one should be held against their will. Thanks ABC I-Team

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