She met friends for lunch, went shopping at thrift stores and spent dozens of hours at her feed store and at home.
That’s what we discovered when the I-Team followed Patricia Johnson for five straight days.
But only once, for approximately 20 minutes, did we see Johnson go to an assisted living facility to check on one of her 50 incapacitated wards.
That’s not surprising to some of their family members.
“When you walk into the nursing home and they’re like ‘we never see her here, we can never get a hold of her, she’s very hard to reach,’” said Amy Eldridge, whose grandmother Rita Eldridge was one of Johnson’s wards.
When asked whether Johnson comes to visit her mother Rebie Jimenez often, Cindy Lee replied, “My mother says no. But then when I ask the staff there, they say never. “
Bills from Johnson’s wards’ files indicate she’s working hard on her wards’ behalf.
Under Florida law, Johnson is allowed to use her wards’ own money to pay herself $70 an hour for things like banking, opening mail and paying visits.
Her bills can only be submitted twice a year for each ward and have to be approved by a judge.
The I-Team spent more than two weeks pulling hundreds of Johnson’s bills from court files and entering them into a spreadsheet.
We discovered that from January 1st, 2010 to December 31st, 2012 Johnson’s bills added up to $260,000, an average of nearly $87,000 a year.
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