Graduation photo from University of Santa Clara Law School 1962
This is our story concerning our father's trust, the manner in which we allege he was taken advantage of while in a weakened condition and again after his demise. It is our hope other people will not have to repeat what happened to us. For us it isn't about the money, it's about stealing from someone who was unable to defend himself.
Picture taken June 2012 of
(she aso goes by Sabet Asanuma, Elizabeth Reklai, Ileberang, and Sabet Meek)
When I was a little girl my father used to have me repeat the Golden Rule, "Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You". He would tell me that if everyone practiced this rule every day, the world would be a better place. This is about people around him who didn't practice the Golden Rule.
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Throughout these protracted ligitations we have spent over $90,000 in legal fees, over 27 airline trips to Honolulu, with no postitive results. During the last 3 years of litigation we were at a disadvantage and were acting In Pro Se. The courts typically don't like it when you act as your own attorney. And having been brought up with a lawyer father, I would agree. Having no choice we felt it would be wrong to stand by and allow an injustice to compromise our father's intentions.
As you read further you will learn we were deprived of saying good bye to our father. Holding his hand while he was dying in the hospital. It would appear his wife of 14 years isolated him from his family and close friends. His only grandson was born in August of 2003 and he was never given the opportunity to see him.
I can't stress enough, we never had bad or cross words with Elizabeth or her daughter Lola. And this is why their behaviour is baffling.
I would later learn from several of his close friends, of phone calls that went unanswered. This was totally out of character for my father who loved to socialize and cherished his friendships.
My best friend.. Dad and Me 1988
During the litigations periodically we requested items our Dad wanted us to have, including family pictures, heirlooms, jewelry for my brother, etc. Our requests were never honored. When questioned during the Evidentiary hearing Elizabeth Meek LIED when she stated she had provided us in 1996 in Palm Springs with a box containing all the items we requested. This would have been 7 years BEFORE our dad passed. She lied outright while on the stand.
With each set back we would grieve his passing again and again. My father toiled for many years while working as an attorney.He would be furious to know his hard earned money has beenplundered by strangers. He was deliberate appointing myself as his trustee, as he knew he could trust my decisions and management skills. His 1996 Trust was a fair distribution among myself, my brother and his 5th wife, Elizabeth from Belau/Palau and her daughter. Evidence will reflect it was not enough for Elizabeth and her attorney in Atascadero, who it would appear recognized an opportunity to take advantage of Dad's weakened condition. We would later learn it was not the only time Attorney Robert Jones attempted to take advantage of someone in failing health.
We have been involved in litigation in California and Hawaii regarding our father's estate/trust/probate since August of 2004. Our consultants estimated the estates value at $4.2 million. Pleadings filed by our stepmothers attorney Robert Grigger Jones consistently reflect the estate is worth $3.7 million. The1st Amendment we allege was prepared by Jones AFTER Dad died, states at the time of my father's death, $1 million is to be placed into an Exemption Trust. Removing $1 million and placing it into an Exemption Trust brings the value of the estate at $2.7 million. An estate with a net worth of less than $3 million enables the IRS to NOT CHARGE any taxes to the estate. While I applaud Mr. Jones accounting creativity, cheating the IRS is wrong. As of April 2011 the Exemption Trust has not been funded and the tax returns they filed with the IRS in 2007 reflect it was funded. At this time Elizabeth meek refuses to communicate with either myself or my brother.
Mr. Jones did not open the probate in California until September of 2004 AFTER assisting with the sale of two properties, one in Rialto and another in Arkansas. He did not contact either me or my brother to inform us of the sales of the properties. During the first three sales Elizabeth was not yet an American Citizen and therefore unable to sell properties without the assist of someone who is an American Citizen. Why didnt Jones contact me or my brother to assist her with the sales of the properties? Or her daughter Lola? All three of us are American Citizens.
All we have ever wanted were his final wishes to be fulfilled. I miss my dad every day. My father raised me as a single parent and I would give everything just to spend one more day with him.
My father, Elvin Meek, an attorney and two term Mayor of Rialto, California,passed away on October 19, 2003 in St Francis Hospice in Honolulu Hawaii.
Elizabeth Asanuma Reklai Meek, born April 23, 1954 (although some records reflect she was born in 1944) it was confirmed her birth year is 1954. A conversation with Social Security confirmed she had tried to collectour father's social security filing papers reflectingshe was born in 1944. A red flag is in place in case she tries to file again. At first she gives the impression her English is extremely broken and during the depositions at times we had a hard time understanding what she was saying. Also by her own admission she uses a narcotic known as "Betle Nut" which is legal in Palau and easily obtained in Hawaii. This narcotic makes it even harder to understand what she is saying.It should be noted during her deposition taken in 2010, we pushed a few buttons and she lost her temper,when she did her English was clear and concise. Interesting!
During his final weeks, his 5th wife of 14 years, Elizabeth Asanuma ReklaiMeek did not contact myself, my brother, his only grandaughter, his brothers and close friends to tell them he was dying. We possess copies of cellular phone and home phone records indicating instead Elizabeth contacted her friends and relatives from her home country of Palau in Micronesia, as well as other Palauans who had relocated to the United States. She also spent over $3000 to fly her daughter from a previous marriage and two year old grandaughter to Honolulu to be with her during our father's final days. An offer she never extended to myself, my brother or Elvin's grandaughter, Nicole. Elizabeth goes by several names including "Ileberang".
On September 3, 2003 our father was diagnosed with a terminal illness and 6 weeks later he died. On October 3, 2003 he fell in the bathroom and was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu.In 2010 while being deposed Elizabeth Meek stated Dad was joking with the paramedics on the way to the hospital. The medical records however reflect he suffered severe head trauma and was in and out of consciousness.Upon his arrival at St. Francis Hospital he was declared comatose and according to hospital records obtained, remained comatose until his death on October 19, 2003.
Dad's friend of over 35 years, Wes Stewart contacts us on October 11, 2003, and this is the first time we learn of his condition. Wes had assumed Elizabeth had already contacted us. She had not.
By this time, Dad is already in a coma. On October 19, 2003 he passes away. Elizabeth Meek will not return our phone calls. Her daughter, Lola Reklai tells us her mother is deeply grieving. Elizabeth never contacted myself or my brother to tell us he was sick, let alone offer to fly myself, my brother or his only grandaughter, Nicole to be by his bedside. Later we learn from Dad's property manager, Ed Blottenberger, that after the funeral, Elizabeth was more concerned about where he would be sending the rent money collected from the tenants and she didn't seem to broken up over dad's passing. She asked he send the rent money to Lola's address in Palau.
Dad Thankgsiving 1988
Lola Reklai (Now Mrs. Harley Fletcher)and her daughter Merkii Uremkl Toluk
Several months later and our telephone calls are still not returned. In June of 2004 we finally receive a return call from Attorney Robert Grigger Jones, in Atascadero, who tells us "these things take time", we discover later that during this time Jones was assisting Elizabeth selling properties belonging to our father's estate without informing myself or my brother. Elizabeth is still not an American Citizen and relies on Jones to assist her with the sales. They could have easily asked myself or my brother to assist with the sales since we are both American Citizens, however Jones chose to keep us in the dark.
Upon obtaining the medical records from Straub Hospital and St. Francis Hospice in Hawaii,it was confirmed and later substantiated bymedical forensics performed by noted expert Suzanne Gelb that my father at the time the 2nd Amendment and Last Will and Testament were executed on September 22 and September 23rd of 2003, was incapacitated, incoherent, suffering from dementia, dehydration and terminally ill.
Later Hawaii forensics expert Reed Hayes, examines and concludes the1st Amendment signed in California was a forged document. In 2010 during our Evidentiary Hearing, Elizabeth Meek admits she never signed the 1st Amendment in California.
Our Litigation began in California in August of2004 when it became clear Elizabeth and her attorney Robert Grigger Jones were not being forthright with myself and my brother. For example, our real estate examiners valued the estate at over $4.2 million. However, tax documents, pleadings filed by Mr. Jones consistently reflect the estate is worth only $3.7 million. The 1st Amendment we allege was prepared by Jones AFTER Dad died states at the time of my father's death, $1 million is to be placed into an Exemption Trust. This automatically brings the value of the estate at $2.7 million. This enables the IRS to NOT CHARGE any taxes to the estate. As of 2011 the exemption trust has not been funded and they told the IRS as early as 2008 that it was.
Over the course of our litigation we have filed TWO complaints against Attorney Robert Jones with the California Bar Association. We were told the California Bar cannot pursue an action against Mr. Jones because he is NOT our attorney. He is Elizabeth's attorney. Curious howhe went from being the attorney for the Estate to only Elizabeth Meek's attorney.
In 2002 my father and Elizabeth were having marital difficulties.He expressed concerns Elizabeth was sending money to her daughter Lola in Palau behind his back. During a trip to California also in April of 2002, he discreetly gave me acopy of his 1996 trust for "safekeeping". His 1996 Trust names myself as the Trustee. He was a little paranoid since three years earlier he was beaten during a trip to Palau and hospitalized for 4 days. Although our requests for those medical records have been ignored for the last 9 years, our Dad, his friend Wes, Lola's ex husband and others have confirmed the assault and 4 days in the hospital.
During my father's first term as Mayor of Rialto in California he forges a relationship with several tribal members from Koror Palau publicly proclaiming the capital city of Koror the Sister City to Rialto. A US trust territory with a population today of less than 21,000. His lobbying in Washington over the years on behalf of the country was limitless.
Shortly after Lola Reklai's birth, Elizabeth moves to San Diego to attend college. She leaves Palau allowing Lola to live with Lola's biological father Senator Reklai and his mother, Lola's Paternal grandmother to be raised in Palau. Elizabeth would not return to Palau for another 10 years.
My brother, Melvin Meek and Uncle Bill Smith sail my fathers yacht to Palau where they remain for several months.My father continues periodically flying to Koror, Palau obtaining the status of a relaxed liaison between the tribal leaders and representatives in Washington DC.
My father begins dating GEGGIE Asanuma (Elizabeth Asanumas sister) but the relationship is brief. Years later Geggie would marry Chief Kaleb Udui Sr. who died under what some members of his family feel were suspicious circumstances in the early 90s. During his final days Kaleb Udui was according to eye witnesses, isolated by Geggie in a hotel in Koror and while he was dying she would have him sign papers giving all of his property and finances to Geggie and not his children. After his death, his children litigate in the courts of Palau and the Udui children lose their law suit.
Dad in happier times
Hanging with my Dad at Julie's Trojan Barrel in Los Angeles prior to a Raider's game 1984. He always had season tickets.
My father begins serving his second term as Mayor of Rialto, California.
During a trip to Palau , my father, Geggie Asanuma and Elizabeth transport Elizabeth's daughter Lola, who is now 10 years old, to Hawaii and then to California. This was not with Senator Reklai's permission, in fact they tried this a year earlier and were stopped at the airport in Koror, Palau.
Elizabeth Asanuma Reklai Meek
My father marries Elizabeth (nee Asanuma) Reklai in a civil ceremony in San Bernardino, California after having her husband Senator Johnny Reklai sign papers declaring their marriage in Palau void.
At the request of my father, Attorney Robert Jones drafts the Elvin Meek and Elizabeth Meek Joint Trust. The trustnaming Elizabeth Meek as sole trustee with a distribution of several gifts to myself, my brother and Lola upon Lola reaching the age of 40.
My father officially adopts Lola Reklai changing her name to Lola Meek, enabling her to obtain a driver's license. Her biological father, Senator Johnny Reklai signs the appropriate papers and the adoption is complete. Seven years later, Lola will move back to Palau, marry and work at her father's business. she will also change her name back to Lola Reklai.
Lola Reklai- Fletcher
In a 1st amendment consisting of two pages, my fatherremoves Lola Meek from his trust as both the surviving trustee and beneficiary. The 1st Amendment to the 1992 trust is prepared by AttorneyRobert Grigger Jones and executed in 1994 in Atascadero, California.
My father executes the Elvin R Meek 1996 Family Trust in Atascadero, California in front of Attorney Jones, which names myself, NANCI MEEK as the Trustee with distribution of 1/3 to my brother, 1/3 to myself , 1/6 to Elizabeth 1/6 and 1/6 to Lola.
Nicole, Melvin, Dad, Liz and Grandma Easterly Palm Springs 1996
My father and Elizabeth move to Hawaii. He is now semiretired. He moves across the street from his friend of 30 years from Rialto, Wes Stewart and his wife Nina purchasing two condos at theWaipuna Condo on Ena Roadin Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dad Dad in Paso Robles just prior to moving to Hawaii
Elizabeth is in Palau visiting her family and my father has back surgery in San Luis Obispo He gives his friend from Rialto living in Paso Robles, Larry Vizard a copy of his 1996 trust in case something happens to him during the surgery. This is 3 months prior to the 1st Amendment execution in Hawaii and the supposed 1st Amendment executed in California.
September 16 1997
September 19, 1997
According to Attorney Robert Jones affidavit prepared by Attorneys for Bank of Hawaii andfiled in 2005 My father and his wife Elizabeth signed ANOTHER 1st Amendment at his office in Atascadero California. THREE DAYS LATER. The document signed in California is not notarized, later forensics will prove the signatures are forged and don't even come close to matching the real signatures on the cut and paste document signed in Hawaii.
My father and Lola have a falling out when Lola moves back to Palau. This was precluded by an argument after my father had purchased a new car for Lola while she was attending college in Fresno, he would later tell friends and family he learned Lola had either sold or given it to a friend in the Bay Area without his permission.
Senator Santy Asanuma
Dad's assault in Palau
My father and Elizabeth travel to Palau for Lola's wedding to Armstrong Delebot. After the ceremony decide to remain in Palau for a few more days. I would find out later from Armstrong, Lola's first husband that Lola did everything she could to make sure my father didn't see their marriage announcement in the local palau paper declaring their wedding because she was using the last name Reklai instead of Meek.
It is during this time my father is attacked and beaten so severely he spends over 4 days in the Belau hospital. Strangely his wallet and jewelry were not stolen. He would tell me later that he thought it was strange because he had over $300 in cash in his wallet. And I was told by Armstrong Delbot that Elizabeth and Lola while visiting in the hospital acted as if they were "put out" by having to deal with Dad being beaten. Armstrong Debelbot contacted me via e mail explaining he was of the opinion both Elizabeth and Lola weredisappointed that my father didn't die. Elizabeth was present during the attack and the two men who attacked my father did not harm Elizabeth.Witnesses have come forward since then and told us that the attack was meant to kill my father but he put up a fight. He did, after all,attend San Jose State college in the 50''s on a boxing scholarship.
On July 22nd 1999 my uncle Bill Smith died in a plane crash in Perris, California and for weeks we are trying to contact my father with no results. When we finally heard from my father he was devastated. We left several telephone messages with Elizabeths family members in Palau and Dad stated no one told him about the messages.
Over the years I have run into interference with the Palauan Embassy in Washington DC as well as the Palauan Government offices in Koror. I would be met with "I would like to give you the records but Elizabeth's cousin works here and she won't allow me to release anything" Elizabeth's brother Santy Asanuma when told we were trying to obtain the hospital records from Belau Hospital reflecting Dad had been severely beaten, denied it ever happened. The financial accounting of the estate reflect her brother Santy Asanuma received over $20,000 from Elizabeth after Dad died. I was told Santy Asanuma's business was going bad on or around 2004.A few years later his businesses were thriving and he opened more stores.
Several phone conversations with my father reveal that he and Elizabeth are not getting along. My father reveals to us thatElizabeth has being sending huge sums of cash to her daughter Dee Lola through banks located in Palau. At this time Lola is working for her biological father Senator Johnny Reklai and handling the books for his business. My father calls me and my brother saying he is trying to break it off with Elizabeth but she won't leave him.
Several calls made by myself and my brother with messages left reveal Dad has NOT been getting the phone messages left by family and friends. He tells us he suspects Elizabeth has been screening his calls and turning down the ringer on the phone. He is also, by his own admission, wearing a hearing aid and has trouble understanding our conversations.
September 9th 2003
My father is discharged from Straub hospital
September 11, 2003
My father calls to speak with his only granddaughter Nicole for her birthday and is upset upon learning the birthday card he asked Elizabeth to send with money was never received. He sounds weak and states that Elizabeth is not at home and thus he wanted to call us while she was out. I didn't really think anything of it at the time but looking back it would appear Elizabeth was isolating my father and perhaps abusing him as well. The constant trips to the hospital for dehydration would conclude she was either over medicating or under medicating him. Because she had his body cremated, we will never know.
September 16th, 2003
My father is re-admitted to Straub hospital for dehydration and liver failure.
September 20th, 2003
Dad is released from Straub Hospital with strict instructions from attending physicians for Elizabeth Meek to make arrangements for In Home Hospice care. Appointments are scheduled to meet with hospice care workers during the next several days but Elizabeth cancels each one and never re-schedules.
(It was during this time his friend Wes Stewart had said he looked into the window (their condos in Hawaii were across from each other so he could see they were home and while he called them no one was answering the phone Wes said it was obvious that Elizabeth had turned the ringer down or off. My father's hearing was not very good either, but her hearing was fine) During this time Wes popped in after seeing Elizabeth leave the condo and spent several minutes with my father in the condo. According to affidavits signed by Wes Stewart Dad was incoherent, spaced out, not cognizant of his surroundings and displayed all the characteristics of a person over medicated He also stated that when Elizabeth did return she wanted to know what they had talked about. Wes said this was very strange behavior for Elizabeth and she was persistent in asking what they had discussed.)
Margo Corliss, Notary at Bank of Hawaii
September 22rd 2003
Elizabeth, we allege drives my father, to the Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu and in front of Notary Margo Corliss he and Elizabeth sign a two page 2nd Amendment to the Elvin R Meek 1996 Trust naming the Bank of Hawaii as co-trustee The document was prepared by Attorney Robert Jones and faxed to Elizabeth for my fathers signature. Margo Corliss the notary would tell me in November of 2004 that at the time she repeatedly asked my father if he knew what he was doing since he appeared to be ill, she said he kept answering "Yes" although he did appear to be in a medicated state. It should be noted the document states it amends another amendment dated September 1999 and later Attorney Robert Jones would state he doesn't know of any amendment dated September 1999. He says it was his error. During her testimony in July of 2010 Elizabeth states they walked from the Waipuna condo, over 2 miles to the Bank of Hawaii. Also Heidy Emery testifies that Dad was coherent, joking about Viagra etc. Hard to believe when you read the medical forensics (see Document page) which reflect our Dad could barely walk.
September 23rd 2003
Elizabeth escorts our father downstairs at the Waipuna condo in Honolulu had has another document entitled "Last Will And Testament" (which is appears to have been typed in haste) signed and witnessed by Ralph Shumway and Ann Taylor, two people who ran the Condo Association at Waipuna. According to my father's friends Wes and Nina Stewart my father really didn't know them that well. WHY DID SHE NOT ask Wes and his wife Nina to witness this? They were home ALL day. This Will gave EVERYTHING my father had to Elizabeth and names the Bank of Hawaii as the co- trustee in the event SHE cannot act as the Trustee. At the time Elizabeth was NOT an American citizen. We believe this was thought up by Elizabeth and her attorney. My father was an attorney, he had everything in order. Why at the last minute would he make a woman who was making him miserable and he intended to divorce his trustee?
October 2nd 2003
My father fell and hit his head in the bathroom bleeding profusely. Elizabeth had to call an ambulance and have him taken to the St. Francis hospital where he was placed in hospice. Elizabeth has still not contacted my brother Melvin, myself, my fathers friends or family (my father has three surviving brothers in California).
Wes Stewart and myself at dinner with my dad April 2002 in California
October 19, 2003
That evening, after being in a coma for more than 14 days, my father passes away at 9:30 p.m. Telephone records reflect she did not call anyone in our family or any of Dads friends that evening, she did however contact several of her relatives and friends from Palau. We learn of Dads passing from Wes Stewart the next morning. A few days later and after leaving several unanswered messages, her daughter Lola answers the phone. She tells me that Elizabeth cannot come to the phone as she is deeply grieving.
October 20, 2003
We learn later Elizabeth had our Dad cremated 9 hours after he died through Ultimate Crematorium at a cost of $1,874.00 however she asks to be reimbursed over $5,000 out of the trust to cover his funeral costs. When the Tax returns are filed 4 years late the accountant Michael J. Gould on a line item indicates the funeral costs were $5,000. We have the receipt for the cremation.
October 28, 2003
Below is an article regarding the opening of the new Bank of Hawaii branch in Palau, published in the Pacific News in December of 2003. One of the men in the picture is Elizabeths ex husband and Lolas biological father, Senator Johnny Reklai who attended the opening of the new branch. It would appear Elizabeth Meek deliberately chose the Bank of Hawaii as co-trustee. Later we learn her long time friend Heidi Emery from Palauis employed at the branch in Honolulu, the same branch where Elizabeth brought dad to sign a new will and 2nd Amendment to his trust , just weeks before he passed away and only days before he fell and lapsed into a coma.
Elizabeth Meek through her attorney Robert Jones contact the Union Bank Cal while producing the 1992 Elvin Meek and Elizabeth Meek Trust and not the1996 Trust which is the operable and most recent trust, nor does he produce the 1997 1st Amendment. They cash outmy fathers stocks in the amount of $646,000. Curiously the same amount of the buy in to the Pe Ji Ho Ta Casino venturein Central California. We later learnJones is a partner with Kelly Gearhart and two others with the Pe Ji Ho Ta casino and the Salinan Band of Indians.
They cut her a check. Later a conversation I had with Jack Rice who at the time was the bank Investment Manager in San Francisco and handled the transaction would tell me he had a strange feeling about that transaction. The check is deposited into the Bank of Hawaii however we are unable to determine which account it was deposited into. When questioned about the transaction two years later, David Louie from the Bank of Hawaii is unable to tell us where the money is. Four years later attorneys for Elizabeth Meek, Rhonda Griswold with Cades Shutte states the money was broken up into several CDs. However for four years there is no record of this transaction. Also when we finally receive the accounting from the Bank of Hawaii which took them four years to prepare, the amount shown is only $617,000. Where is the remaining balance of the original $646,000?
Elizabeth changes the beneficiaries on my fathers annuities (3 with Provident and Allianz totaling more than $800,000 each) reflecting her daughter Lola and granddaughter Merkii Toluk are the sole beneficiaries. This is contrary to what our father had wanted and expressed in the original documents we obtained. He was specific that if something were to happen to himself and Elizabeth there would be an equal distribution to myself, Melvin and Lola.
Robert Jones opens a probate in Arkansas in an effort to sell 160 acres in Harrison Arkansas which was purchased by my great grandparents in 1902. In documents recorded through Arkansas attorney Van Younes, retained by Elizabeth through Attorney Jones, my address, my brother's address, as well as Lola's address are listed as UNKNOWN. This document is signed by Elizabeth Meek. We have letters and cards proving she knows where we live. And she spends an average of 5 months out of each year living with her daughter in Palau. Why are our addresses listed as UNKNOWN?
I discovered the probate was opened in Arkansas after contacting the clerks office in Boone County Arkansas. At this time I contacted Attorney Van Younes in Arkansasand pleaded with him to NOT SELL the property. I would find out later from conversations with the people who purchased the property that Robert Jones had contacted them on the internet and represented himself as Elizabeth Meek's brother.
And to make matters even more complicated, only 80 acres belonged to my father and the other 80 acres belong to my great Aunt Mary Havens, who at the time was 92 years old. So now my cousin Russell Nowell, who is an attorney in Orange County California is involved because apparently Jones didn't do his homework and sold HER share of the property. Two years later a judgment was filed against the estate in the amount of $310,000. Robert Jones himself admitted to our attorney in California, David Weilbacher, that he "screwed up".
Elizabeth Meek, at the suggestion of her attorney Robert Jones, files for citizenship after living in the US for 30 years through attorney Jim Stanton in Honolulu.
We requested copies of the 2nd Amendment to the Trust and the Last Will and Testament from Mr Jones' secretary Colleen Alexander in Atascadero, and only after my brother INSISTED did she send us copies.
The probate should have been opened in Hawaii That is where Dad resides and where he died. However Attorney Robert Jones is only licensed to practice law in California.
August 11 2004
We send Elizabeth a letter asking her " how everything was going: and to please get in touch with us and hope she was well and that we were quite concerned because we had been calling and leaving messages for the last several months with no response. I also mentioned that our father had pictures of myself and my brother which I was interested in etc. I sent this letter Certified Return Receipt requested.
We receive a letter from Robert Jones dated September 8, 2004 addressed to myself and my brother indicating at this time his client Elizabeth Meek "for reasons known only to her" does not wish to contact us directly but only through her attorney. She doesnt say she doesnt want to communicate with her daughter Lola, just myself and my brother. We had never had bad words with her so this revelation came as a surprise. Later she would say she was upset because we had posted bad things about her on the internet and left nasty messages. This was not true. We hadn't posted anything on the internet until 2006. And only out of frustration with her non compliance to communicate with us. And we never left nasty messages on her phone answering machine. That was another one of her lies.
Ralph Shumway Property manager Waipuna and Witness
I contacted Ralph Shumway the property manager at Waipuna in Hawaii who witnessed Dad sign the Last Will before he died after seeing Ralphs name on the Attestation to the Last Will and Testament. Before I could ask questions as far as the circumstances surrounding the signing of these documents and my father's condition, I was met with hostility and urgency to end the conversation. Not "so sorry to hear about your father". This guy couldn't wait to get off the phone. AND a week later I called Ann Taylor , the other witness and she said "I am under strict orders from Mrs. Meek not to talk to you." That was strange because WE hadn't even talked to Mrs. Meek. This was 8 months after my father died and she still hadn't returned our calls. I also asked Ralph Shumway if he knew if Elizabeth was in Honolulu. He stated that he had recently seen her. Imagine our confusion when we received a letter from her attorney days later stating that "Elizabeth does not feel comfortable talking to either you or your brother at this time."
I contacted Lola's ex husband Armstrong who told me that Lola left him because now she is "wealthy" and doesn't need him anymore.
My brother and I retain a local attorney in San Luis Obispo, David Weilbacher. He files the appropriate papers and appears in court to stop Robert Jones Qualified Domestic Trust (QDOT) intentions. The QDOT was never mentioned in the original 1996 Trust and only applies if a spouse is not an American Citizen.
September 7, 2004
Robert Jones and Elizabeth Meek sell my fathers property in Rialto to the City of Rialto for approximately $425,000 without telling any of the beneficiaries (myself and my brother) Later we discovered the property was sold under market value.
Attorney Robert Jones is not licensed to practice law in Hawaii only in California. It would appear Jonesopened the probate in California having established good relationships with San Luis Obispo Judges. Again, Dad died in Hawaii and was a resident of Hawaii. Why was the probate not opened in Hawaii?
I have several telephone conversations and e mail various Bank of Hawaii officials including Bank of Hawaii Vice President Todd Hoch He indicated to me during one telephone conversation that the Bank had several meetings discussing how to dissolve all of the properties, including the Arksansas property. Our real estate consultant values the estate at 4.5 million. I mention to Todd Hoch the Rialto property had already being sold and he indicates to me he did not know about this.
Former VP of Bank of Hawaii Todd Hoch
I obtain copies of all of the medical records from the doctors who attended my father before he was admitted to the hospital, as well as medical records from Straub hospital and St. Francis hospital in Honolulu. Later we learn Robert Jones contacted our attorney and was extremely angry upon learning of this. They are our father's medical records. If they are not incriminating why was Jones so upset?
I fax a copy of my affidavit filed in the San Luis Obispo California court to Robert Jones outlining the circumstances relative to the selling by Robert Jones of the property in Arkansas. Mr. Jones threatens he will obtain a Temporary Retraining Order against me for faxing the document to his office. Is Mr. Jones looking for an excuse to file TRO in an effort to discredit us?
Attorney Robert Jones previously had contacted Boone Tidwell in Hesperia California in 2004. At the time Mr. Tidwell resided next door to a lot Dad owns. Jones assists Elizabeth in selling the property to Mr. Tidwell. Again, without contacting myself or my brother.
Elizabeth Asanuma Reklai Meek
Elizabeth officially becomes an American Citizen. Prior to this she could not sell property without using someone who is a citizen (A Qualified Domestic Trust was created and previously filed by Attorney Jones AFTER dad died).
Victorville California property in foreclosure
On or about 2005 a property my father owned in Victorville, California was placed into foreclosure due to Elizabeth meek not paying the association fees. The property was valued atover $300,000. When questioned about the foreclosure in 2007,her attorney Rhonda Griswold with Cades Shutte stated it was our fathers fault as he had neglected to pay the association fees. The issue came up AFTER he passed away. One would conclude it was the ignorance of Elizabeth Meek who it would appear was not paying the taxes or association fees. And we are supposed to conclude Dad wanted Elizabeth to manage his estate?
I have a conversation with Dads property manager Ed Blottenberger asking him to not sell the Condos at Waipuna. Despite this conversation, Mr. Blottenberger, who in my opinion was doing what he thought was right at the time, proceeded with the sale of one of the Condos for approximately $605,000. The sale was initiated in August of 2005 with the Bank of Hawaii by our documents obtained having knowledge of the sale. Concurrently the courts in Hawaii under the direction of Judge Hirai grant our motion to prevent any further sales of property. As a result the money from the sale is placed in escrow and held with New Republic in San Francisco. Mr. Blottenberger did receive his commission for the sale. The Condo was sold to Steve Abrams, another realtor friend of Mr. Blottenberger.
It should be noted the IRS returns prepared 4 years late reflect the property was worth only $324,000, yet the property had been sold three years earlier for $605,000. At our request in 2008 and audit prepared by Mojgan Abrishami, attorney for IRS in Los Angeles is completed. Ms. Abrishami never contacted me or my brother during the investigation. During a telephone conversation in 2009, Ms. Abrishami stated she signed off on the audit without launching an extensive investigation or reviewing any supporting documents, only the actual return prepared by Accountant Michael Gould.
A motion is filed by Elizabeths attorneys at Cades Shutte along with the attorneys for Bank of Hawaii requesting the courts allow them to proceed with dissolving the estate. A hearing is conducted before Judge Hirai and she denies their motion. We are impressed. This is the first and the only time Judge Hirai rules in our favor.
My attorney Pete Lee with Clay Chapman files a civil lawsuit on our behalf against Elizabeth Meek Civil No. 006-1-0207-02EEH on our behalf in Hawaii.
Elizabeth's Student Loan
I receive a notice from a collection agency hired by San Diego State University stating Elizabeth was reluctant to pay over $28,000 for her student loan dating back to 1984. Why the notice came to my home address is still a mystery.
April 14th 2006
I have a telephone conversation with David Louie from the Bank of Hawaii who informs me the Bank of Hawaii had not prepared an accounting because the courts had not recognized the Bank of Hawaii as co-trustee. During this conversation Mr. Louie mentions there is another property in escrow. I reminded Mr. Louie I had a document in front of me dated March 2005 signed by Todd Hoch, Vice President of Bank of Hawaii indicating the Bank of Hawaii had accepted co-trusteeship in the Meek Estate. He concludes the conversation stating he would get back with me. He never did. In fact a short time later I was at the Bank of Hawaii on King Street in Honolulu requesting to meet with him. I am told he is not in his office. While waiting near the entrance to the elevator leading to his offices I am approached by two security guards and asked to wait outside of the bank. This confrontation occurred just moments after I hung up with Mr. Louies secretary leading me to conclude Mr. Louie had no intentions of meeting with me.
Attorney Jane Peebles
April 26, 2006
We learn the Bank of Hawaii has retained attorney Jane Peebles from the law firm of Bingham and McCutcheon in Los Angeles. I speak with her several times and she has yet to finalize the Petition to have the case moved back to California. She said she will let me know when it is filed and a hearing is set. We discovered later that she charged the estate $45,000 while representing the Bank of Hawaii (the co-trustee) during the Tax audit by the IRS. The tax returns were not prepared and filed for 4 years. Only after we contact the IRs and demand to know why it is taking so long, is an audit of the estate begun.
June 14, 2006
The law firm of Clay Chapman who has represented us quite well (including filing a civil law suit) during the last 8 months, inform us through correspondence they will have to remove themselves as our legal counsel because they recently discovered a conflict of interest. The attorney Jim Stanton who represented the stepmother Elizabeth Meek, with her citizenship filed in July of 2004 was a former partner of the firm.
Dads property in Victorville, California, valued at over $300,000 is placed in foreclosure for nonpayment of taxes and the home owners fees. It would appear Elizabeth had not paid the taxes since the records indicate payments ceased after Dad passed away. Later her attorney Rhonda Griswold would tell the courts the property began going into foreclosure while my father was alive. That is untrue and we have the documents reflecting such. During a hearing presided by Judge Hirai I address this matter and she indicates she is not interested in addressing the issue as we had not mentioned this in our pleadings and against procedure.
We retain the legal services of Mr. X in Honolulu, paying him a retainer in the anmount of $15,000. During our initial consultation, Mr. X indicates he would rather we not object or pursue our allegations that the 1st Amendment was a cut and paste job stating a trust contest can take years and he would rather we negotiate a settlement instead.
The Pacific Savings Bank run by Elizabeths ex husband and Lolas biological father, Senator Johnny Reklai falls into receivership. It should be noted at this time Lola is working for her fathers corporation as his accountant. According to court documents related to the receivership and lawsuit in Koror, Palau, Senator Reklai and his partners removed large sums of money (estimated at over $3 million just weeks before the OCC placed the bank into receivership. Over 7,000 Palau citizens were unable to access their funds, the partner Tim Taunton fled to Australia, and as of this writing the majority of the account holders have not been reimbursed the monies lost.
At the suggestion of my new counsel in Hawaii, Mr. "X" we agree to withdraw our civil lawsuit against the Bank of Hawaii and Elizabeth Meek, with the agreement that we will be able to resume the civil suit in the future.
Suzanne Gelb a licensed forensics pathologist examines the medical records and in her report confirms that our father was incapacitated, incoherent and not able to make any judgment decisions during the time the 2nd Amendment and the Last Will and Testament were signed in September of 2003.
Senator Reklai's body is found floating in the waters off Palau. His foot was attached to a rock and this experienced fisherman and long time Senator was given a state funeral. Please view our You Tube video which outlines the circumstances surrounding the Pacific Savings Bank and untimely death of Elizabeth Meeks ex-husband.
Attorneys for Bank of Hawaii in Los Angeles, Jane Peebles with the law firm of Bingham and McCutcheon appear via telephone in San Luis Obispo court asking to have the case moved back to California from Hawaii. They tell the courts the case needs to be moved to California as there are several properties on the mainland yet to be sold. This doesnt make sense. He also has properties in Hawaii.. My dad passed away in Hawaii and resided in Hawaii. The probate never should have been opened in California. And yet it is suspicious as to why the Bank of Hawaii would request the case be moved to California. I asked Ms. Peebles why they wanted the case moved to California and she refuses to provide an explanation citing that I am only a beneficiary and therefore not entitled to an explanation.
Having stated our case during the hearing and objecting to the case moving from Hawaii back to California, the motion by the Bank of Hawaii attorneys is denied.
My brother Melvin Meek contacts Robert Jones to find out what is going on with the case and Robert Jones tells him he no longer is involved in the handling of the estate. However records reflect as late as June of 2008 Jones is still receiving monies from Elizabeth Meek as and for attorney fees.
The Bank of Hawaii sends us a letter informing us they would like to withdraw as the co-trustee to the Elvin R Meek 1996 Estate. They would later state this was because they were only supposed to serve as co-trustee for the Marital Trust and now that Elizabeth is a US citizen they would not be needed.
Mr. "X" informs us he has spent our retainer and needs more money to continue representing the case. As per his request, I deposit into his account another check in the amount of $15,000.
Attorneys for Bank of Hawaii are granted their motion to be removed as co-trustee of the estate. Their request to have their legal fees paid by the estate by dissolving the escrow from the sale of the Waipuna condo ($550,000 approximately) is denied.
Wes Stewart, our key witness, and my fathers long time friend passes away in Riverside, California. My Counsel Mr. "X" informs us that he made a video of Wes' affidavit prepared a year earlier. I am still waiting to receive that video affidavit.
After several years, several filed motions to compel, requests through attorneys, including Mr X we are finally provided with an Accounting for the estate. The Bank of Hawaii attorneys and Elizabeths attorneys never provide us with a solid reason as to why from 2003 to 2007 they would not provide us with the accounting. An estate accounting is mandatory, required by law.
The accounting is prepared by Frances Lui Kwan through her company East West Wealth management which at the time was a division of Bank of Hawaii. The estate is listed with a worth of $2,864,033.28. in addition there is a $1 million Exemption Trust listed. As of April 2011 that Exemption Trust was not funded. It should be noted the notion of an Exemption trust was included in the 1st Amendment which was forged when executed in California and this is the document we allege was created by Attorney Jones AFTER our father passed away. One could conclude Jones came up with the idea of the Exemption Trust as a way to undervalue the estate.
The accounting also reflects shortly after dad died Elizabeth paid Robert Jones a $45,000 retainer. According to other attorneys consulted, this is a large sum for a basic probate representation.
In the tax returns filed 4 years too late and prepared by the accountant Michael Gould in Paso Robles, they reflect only $25,000 was paid to Robert Jones. The returns also reflect Michael Gould the accountant received $5,000 for preparing the tax return. And the attorneys for Bank of Hawaii in Los Angeles assisting in the audit were paid over $45,000 by Elizabeth Meek using money from the trust.
Elizabeth Asanuma Reklai Meek 2012
My counsel, Mr. X informs me through a letter he will need us to satisfy his current bill of $17,715.08 in order to continue representing our case. During this time Mr. X states he will be negotiating a settlement with Rhonda Griswold, Elizabeths attorney, however he will not negotiate until the current bill is satisfied. We have already paid him a $30,000 for 16 months of work. I suggest he negotiate the settlement and upon receiving the settlement we will satisfy his current bill. He turns down our offer.
Attorney X informs us that Elizabeth and her attorney will not settle. He states they have their hands tied because the 1st Amendment specifically states there is to be no early distribution. When I remind him we are still of the opinion the 1st Amendment is not a valid document and we should pursue the validity of the document, he informs me he will be withdrawing as my counsel.
Mr. X formally withdraws as my counsel. Upon his withdrawal and having spent close to $90,000 in legal fees we are forced to act in Pro Se.
Also we begin aggressively asking Attorney Rhonda Griswold and Attorney Robert Jones, as well as attorneys for Bank of Hawaii for a copy of the 1st Amendment signed in California alluded in the Affidavit by Robert Jones submitted in November of 2005. They continue to refuse providing us with a copy.
We appear in court in Hawaii and formally request to have the original 1st Amendment lodge with the court. In anticipation of a forensic investigation we retain the services of forensic expert Reed Hayes in Hawaii.
Attorney Rhonda Griswold still has not provided us with the Original 1st Amendment executed in Hawaii or the 1st Amendment signed three days later in California. Again we file a Motion to Compel asking the courts to demand they provide the document and lodge it with the court. Judge Hirai (for the second time) grants our request.
Elizabeth Asanuma Reklai Meek
After years and several requests we are provided with cellular phone and landline phone records covering a period from June 2003 to November 2003 indicating Elizabeth made several calls to her friends and relatives and only called my fathers family and friends AFTER he died.
My fathers Aunt Mary Havens passes away. The judgment over $300,000 against the estate for her property which was sold by Attorney Robert Jones is still not satisfied.
Through a stroke of luck, I telephone Rhonda Griswold at Cades Shutte in Hawaii. Her secretary informs me Rhondais out of the office. I then request a copy of the 1st Amendment signed in California and the secretary e mails me a PDF file inclusive of the 1st Amendment executed in California. Upon review the signatures are an obvious forgery.
The original 1st Amendment as well as the 1st Amendment executed in California are provided to forensics expert Reed Hayes. He determines the signatures of the document signed in California are fraudulent and forged. The pages on both of the 1st Amendments do not match, the pages are unnumbered and while we know there was a 1st Amendment executed we are still of the opinion it is probably only a few pages and not the 22 page document the other side insist is the operative document.
During this time we suggest to Attorney Rhonda Griswold, at Cades Shutte that we send the 1st Amendment signed in California as well as the 1st Amendment they state is the operable document to a lab in Maryland which can determine through physical forensics (paper and ink examination) if the pages are pre dated before 2003. They will not allow the pages to be sent to Maryland for further examination.
We are provided with the another Accounting from the estate dated March 2008 and covering the year 2008 prepared by her new company Wealth Management. At this time we begin making requests from Attorney Rhonda Griswold and Ms. Kwan for supporting documentation since the entries on the accounting appear to be vague. Our requests are denied. This time the estate worth is listed as $2,909,822.41 along with the mysterious $1 million for the Exemption trust which is still not funded.
In an effort to obtain clarification regarding the IRS filings on the estate I contact Michael Gould in Paso Robles and before I can ask him anything he tells me "Dont ever Fucking call me again and lose my fucking number" then he hangs up.
Our repeated requests for supporting documentations related to the accounting from Rhonda Griswold atCades Shutte are denied. We formally make a request through the courts as a Motion to Compel for Discovery filed in Hawaii.
Having reviewed the forged signatures on the 1st Amendment we file a police report with the Atascadero California police department opening an investigation of Attorney Robert Jones. During questioning by Detective Fred Pflum, Mr. Jones states he never witnessed the 1st Amendment being signed in his office in California and made an erroneous error. Our stepmother, Elizabeth Meek confirms she was never in California and did not sign the 1st Amendment in California.
Her attorney in Hawaii,Rhonda Griswold as documented in an e mail states Elizabeth will not pursue any litigation against Robert Jones, even though it would appear he forged her name.
Attorney Robert Grigger Jones
Several articles appear in the local papers in San Luis Obispo and Atascadero California regarding Attorney Robert Jones and other fraud allegations. The articles dealing with the Attorney Robert Jones other fraud cases can be found at
Robert Jones is the attorney who partnered with Kelly Gearhart, considered by the press to be the west coast "Bernie Madoff". Most recently the case involves UFC fighter Chuck Liddell as one of the plaintiffs suing Gearhart.
A local reporter in San Luis Obispo, Karen Velie with Cal Coast News, investigating the Kelly Gearhart case meets with Salinan Monterey tribal members in Atascadero to discuss the Pe Ji Ho Ta Indian Casino deal involving Robert Grigger Jones and Kelly Gearhart. Later in the evening she is given a cocktail and finds herself near her vehicle, naked and passed out. Mysteriously the files missing from her briefcase were about Grigger Jones involvement with the case. All of the other files she had are in tact.
Our Motion to compel requesting documents supporting the accounting provided by East West Wealth Management is denied by Judge Hirai as she feels it is overbroad and burdensome.
Dumpster divers in Atascadero who are involved with the case hit Attorney Robert Jones trash and find letters and files with scribbles indicating that Robert Jones is heavily involved with the Pe Ji Ho Ta Indian Casino cover up. Notes from Robert Jones stating he will "Take care of the situation and not to worry" are found.
Contact is made with Dieter Wilkkomm of the Santa Maria FBI asking for help with the Grigger Jonesfraud and inquiring about any investigations taking place against Jones specifically about the Indian Casino and the Kelly Gearhart fraud case. I am told the FBI cannot reveal any details and cannot confirm or deny they are investigating.
I travel to San Francisco to meet with Alex Kunigenes at the Federal Reserve to discuss the Bank of Hawaii and malfeasance. The Federal Reserve will not pursue any actions even though all the paper work is provided and we still have no concrete reason for Bank of Hawaii backing out as co-trustee. No explanation is given for the Federal Reserve not moving forward.
We are informed by Detective Pflum with the Atascadero Police Department they have interviewed Robert Jones and his secretary Colleen Alexander however they cannot tell me what she said but it is enough to keep the investigation open. Colleen Alexander is involved with another case in Paso Robles where she served as a notary witnessing the signing of the same document TWICE regarding the Hurst Financial fraud case. Over the years when I would call the office she would tell me Grigger Jones would not be returning my calls and would hang up on me.
A meeting is held with Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher T. Van Marter at the Honolulu Police Department on at 801 S. Beretania. Also attending the meeting is Detective Irwin Okita from the Honolulu Police Department. The purpose of the meeting is to inquire as to opening an action regarding the 1st Amendment signed in California in 1997 with the forged signatures. At this time, Elizabeth Meek has admitted she did not sign the document and her signature was forged.
Mr. Van Marter informs me they will not be pursuing the action because it has exceeded the statute of limitations on fraud in Honolulu. We explain we just learned of the forged signatures, however Christopher Van Marter stresses the date on the 1st Amendment is 1997 and the statute of limitations begins with that date, not February 2009 when we obtained a copy of the forged document.
Before departing we are asked by Detective Okita to leave the boxes of evidence and files, in the event an investigation is opened in the future. I am told by Detective Okita that unless someone comes forward admitting wrong doing or witnessing that Elizabeth over or under medicated our father, the case will remain in the Honolulu Police archives.
We file a fourth motion asking the court to remove Elizabeth Meek as Trustee and another motion asking the court in Honolulu to recognize the 1st Amendment is a fraudulent document with supporting documents. A hearing is set for October 2009
Judge Hirai (now retired living in Palos Verdes, Ca)
Judge Hirai hears our Motion for Recognition that the 1st amendment is an invalid document and schedules several status conferences in anticipation of an Evidentiary Trial.
Attorney Robert Grigger Jones is again questioned by Atascadero Police Detective Fred Pflum regarding the 1st Amendment with the forged signatures. Mr. Jones indicates he does not know how the forged document came to be in his office. The Atascadero Police Department has been provided with the forensics report prepared by Reed Hayes confirming the signatures are a forgery.
Judge Derrick H.M. Chan
Judge Hirai retires from the bench and a status conference is held with the newly appointed probate courtJudge Derrick H.M. Chan in Honolulu who re-schedules another Status Conference in April of 2010 to discuss any other necessary documents needed to bring us to the trial phase of the case.
Contact is made with the accountant Michael Gould in Paso Robles and he becomes angry hanging up on me several times after telling me to go and "F" myself. Several calls and messages left with Robert Jones with no response.
Contact is also made with the attorney in Hawaii who handled Elizabeths citizenship, Jim Stanton and he becomes extremely flustered and unable to talk to me. He hangs up and I call back apologizing for upsetting him still unclear as to why he became so agitated. Instead of discussing the matter his secretary states he cannot speak with us.
A series of E mails are sent to Attorney Rhonda Griswold at Cades Shutte inquiring as to when Elizabeth Meek became an American citizen. She will not answer our questions. Also we inquire as to the 2008 accounting and discrepancies such as Elizabeth Meek paying her personal American Express bill in the amount of $7,630.74 with money from the estate; Her Capital One card in the amount of $880.84 also being paid with money from the estate; a payment directly to Elizabeth in the amount of $9,223.72 with money from the estate; another entry of $5,099.92 paid to Elizabeth Meek from the estate; a check written to M Asanuma (her familys business in Palau and the business is now being run by her daughter Lola Reklai-Fletcher) in the amount of $734.94; Another check dated 3/20/08 written to Elizabeth Meek with no explanation in the amount of $10,000; Another check in the amount of $15,000 with the words reimbursement written to Elizabeth Meek; transfers in various amounts indicating she needs to cover legal fees, again money taken from the trust account;
And no one will provide either me or my brother with supporting documentation reflecting what these items are for. Elizabeth has by her own admission during the Deposition taken in May of 2010 only worked 4 years in her life and this was during the late 70s early 80s.
Police Detectives in Atascadero California confirm the FBI are currently investigating the fraud forgery performed by Attorney Robert Jones as well as the Pe Ji Ho Ta casino and Kelly Gearhart.
Judge Derrick Chan Hawaii 1st Circuit Probate Department Honolulu
Evidentiary Hearing July 8th and 9th, 2010
During the Evidentiary Hearing held on July 8th and 9th, Judge Chan would not allow ANY of our crucial prima faci evidence to be admitted. Neither the medical forensics showing our dad was 100% incapacitated during the signing of his last will and trust just weeks before he died and only days before he fell into a coma. Also Judge Chan would not allow the report prepared byforensics expert Reed Hayes reflecting the signatures on the 1st Amendment signed in California were forged. During the hearing Elizabeth Meek admitted she did not co-sign the document. Judge Chan just sat there listening to us plead our case. The Evidentiary hearing took two days. At the conclusion of the hearing Judge Chan politely asked us to prepare our Finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law. And when it came to preparing HIS finding of Facts and Conclusions of Law based on what we submitted and what Jim Ashford and Rhonda Griswold of Cades Shutte submitted, our filing was mysteriously lost for a month. In fact, it was Jim Ashford who brought this disturbing revelationto our attention.
Also during the Evidentiary Hearing I asked Elizabeth, considering our father had a history of drinking heavily, if she ever attempted to counsel him to stop drinking and she said "No!"
It should be noted during the Evidentiary hearing I asked Elizabeth why she hadnt contacted myself or my brother or anyone in our family when Dad became ill. She stated she had told his friend Wes Stewart to call us. That is also a lie. Wes Stewart contacted me in October of 2003 just a few days before Dad passed away to offer his condolences, assuming that Elizabeth had already contacted us. She had not.
During questioning at the Evidentiary Hearing with no jury, in July of 2010, Elizabeth stated under oath our Dad wrote us out of the will because I was Unstable. Only minutes before she had listened as Attorney Robert Jones said the same thing while on the stand during the Evidentiary Hearing. Her attorneys with Cades Shutte invoked the rule and all of the witnesses were out in the hallway. During the hearing my brother overheard the notary Susan Strong who witnessed the signing of the 1st Amendment in Hawaii (again the document we are sure was only a few pages long and not the 22 page unnumbered document Jones and Elizabeth insist is the operative document) say how am I supposed to remember something I witnessed 13 years ago?
While on the stand under questioning regarding the 1st Amendment signed in California Attorney Jones slowly flipped through the pages as if this was the first time he had read the document. When I asked him if he recognized the 1st Amendment he stated he "could not recall" however he recognized his signature on the Affidavit he signed in 2005. Most of our questions he answered "Cannot recall". In fact most of the witnesses answered "cannot recall". At one point I turned to the Judge and said we needed to bring some Ginkgo Biloba into the courtroom because everyone seemed to have memory problems.
Two months later, Judge DerrickChan signed the Findings of Fact and conclusions of Law prepared by Cades Shutte........essentially granting their motion to have the case dismissed. He never prepared HIS Findings of Facts based on both of our submissions,which is protocol.
April of 2011
We returned to Honolulu Probate court on our Motion to Remove Elizabeth Meek as trustee. Judge Chan presided. I stood before him and politely started to state the facts included in our Motion to Remove Elizabeth Meek and our cause for removal. Before I could finish Judge Chan held his hand up and stated emphatically "Motion Denied". He had the Motion to Remove Eliabeth Meek as Trustee in his office for a mere 10 minutes. Indicating he hadn't even reviewed the file or our moving documents.
UPDATE: As of October 2012 the $219,000 judgment against the Meek Estate has been paid to the Havens family as a result of the illegal sale of the Arkansas property assisted by Robert Jones, the Bank of Hawaii and Elizabeth Meek in December of 2004. The fees to the attorneys for Bank of Hawaii, Jane Peebles, are also satisfied.
Elizabeth's Meek's attorney in California, Robert Grigger Jones, we allege colluded with Elizabeth and his real estate business partner, Kelly Gearhart, in a scheme to overtake our father's trust, eventually and shortly after Dad's passing, cashing out his stocks, applying the money from those stocks to a "buy in" with an Indian Casino called Pe Ji Ho Ta.
Here is a link to Cal Coast News with back ground regarding that Indian Casino debacle:
In April of 2011 legislation was introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Arizona Senator Jon Kyl. Ms. Feinstein asked us to compose a letter whichwill beread on the Senate floor in anticipation of passing the Indian Casino no reservation shopping bill which would require strict background checks for those interested in developing Indian Casinos. Currently the bill is in committee.
Here is a copy of that letter:
April 25, 2011
Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator
Attn: Devin Rhinerson
Senate Hart Building 331
Washington, D.C. 20510
RE: SUPPORT Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act
Dear Senator Feinstein,
My name is Nanci Meek and I support your bill. I am a private investigator. My career experience has helped to provide undeniable evidence of the fraudulent actions of a gaming profiteer. My story provides grounded reasons to amend the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act that has allowed such profiteers to fraudulently abuse exceptions of restoration and acknowledgement of tribes to acquire land for gaming.
The Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act will require the Secretary of the interior to use strict criteria to make a determination of eligibility of land for gaming purposes as a first-step in the fee-to-trust process. This is important as restoration and acknowledgement overlaid by the exceptions in the Indian gaming regulatory act have created a political vacuum where there is ambiguity, confusion and profiteers waiting to create or manipulate newly developed Indian tribes to promote gaming.
This is my personal story of a tribal gaming profiteer and the unfortunate investors, many who are senior citizens that were taken in by a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.
While there have been many developers and investors with integrity, there are those who are nothing more than profiteers. One of the investors was my stepmother utilizing money obtained from cashing out our fathers stocks only three months after our father died.
Through abuse of his trust by an attorney who was also one of four partners in a casino venture titled Pe Ji Ho Ta Casino. This is part of an ongoing scheme to bring a tribal casino to Salinas, California by a tribal group that was not even federally recognized and several questionable business men not part of the tribal group.
In September of 2003 my father Elvin Meek, an attorney and two time Mayor of Rialto, California was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Telephone records reflect Attorney Robert Jones, a partner in the PeJiHoTa LLC was contacted by our fathers wife of 11 years, Elizabeth Meek, a Palauan native and non-American citizen while our father was in hospice care and asked to draft a Second Amendment to his original 1996 Trust as well as a pour over will. The circumstances surrounding his last days are suspect given Elizabeth Meek failed to contact myself, my brother, my daughter (Elvins granddaughter), several other family and friends to inform us of our dads condition. Phone records obtained will reflect during the months of August, September and October of 2003 several calls were placed to Robert Jones and his accountant Michael Gould but no calls were placed to family and friends. Calls placed by myself and my brother were ignored with the exception of one call placed on September 11, 2003 wherein my father sounded disoriented however we had no reason to fear he was in the shape he was in. A surprise visit by his long time friend of 35 years, Wes Stewart, on or about September 16th confirmed he was lethargic, bloated and incoherent. Medical Forensics prepared upon review of the medical records obtained concur he was 100% incapacitated and unable to utilize normal thought processes let alone execute documents. It is apparent Attorney Robert Jones was aware of his weakened state as was Elizabeth Meek and thus the opportunity to take advantage presented itself. It should be noted upon discovering we had obtained the medical records, Attorney Jones contacted my attorney in California and voiced his concern and objections to our having the medical records.
My father, passed away on October 19, 2003. His trust executed in 1996 named me as the Trustee. Three months after he passed away, by virtue of a document drafted by Pe Ji Ho Ta partner Attorney Robert Jones drafted a Trust Certification for a previous trust dated 1992 which allowed our stepmother, Elizabeth Reklai Meek, to cash out our fathers stocks with Union Bank Cal. The check was in the amount of $646,481.96. Coincidentally this is the same amount almost to the penny of the buy in for the four principal investors in the PeJiHoTa Casino. Suspicion arose upon review of the Trust Certification which did not mention the Elvin R Meek Family Trust dated June 14, 1996. The 1st Amendment which a forensics report completed in 2008 concluded had forged signatures, essentially re-wrote our fathers original 1996 trust making Elizabeth Meek the sole trustee.
Attorney Robert Jones presented to the courts in San Luis Obispo, in September of 2004 a document entitled the 1st Amendment to the Elvin R Meek Family Trust which was supposedly executed on September 16, 1997 and again according to Robert Jones affidavit executed November 10, 2005, another 1st Amendment was executed three days later in his offices in Atascadero, California. Our family was made aware of this document and for 3 years we asked for a copy of the document from the Bank of Hawaii, Robert Jones, and Elizabeths attorneys in Hawaii. None of whom would provide a copy to us. Upon finally receiving a copy of the questionable 1st Amendment signed in California it appeared the signatures had been forged. During an evidentiary hearing conducted in Hawaii on July 8th and 9th 2010, Elizabeth Meek admitted the signatures were not hers or my fathers. During this hearing Robert Jones admitted he did not know how the 1st Amendment with the forged signatures came to be in his offices nor did he recall signing the aforementioned affidavit. When questioned about the Pe Ji Ho Ta casino, Mr. Jones stated the corporation had since dissolved. It was confirmed several weeks later that the Pe Ji Ho Ta casino is not dissolved. According to the Motion for Authority To Compromise Controversy with Robert M Jones, Daniel Phillips, Chris Molina, PeJiHoTa LLC, PeJiHoTa of San Luis Obispo LLC filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio Eastern Division of Akron entitled In re: Kelly V Gearhart and Tamara Lowe debtors executed on July 21, 2010 the casino venture Pe Ji Ho Ta is active.
In July, 2010, Ohio Bankruptcy Court Judge Marilyn Shea Stonum ordered Jones, Molina and Phillips to pay the bankruptcy trustees $20,000 to cover their costs of investigating Pejihota, to provide the trustees one fourth ownership in Pejihota with the right to buy back the trustees interest in the project by reimbursing Gearharts investment into Pejihota, $646,190.
In March of 2005 the Bank of Hawaii accepted co-trusteeship of the Estate. A few months later in July of 2005 Judge Tangeman in San Luis Obispo granted Attorney Robert Jones petition to move the probate case to Hawaii stating the Bank of Hawaii could only serve as co-trustee if the matter were in the state of Hawaii. We have always questioned why Attorney Robert Jones opened the probate in California since our father died in Hawaii and had been a Hawaiian resident since 1996. It should be noted only one month after the case was moved to Hawaii, Elizabeth Meeks citizenship was finalized in August of 2005. By virtue of her citizenship being finalized, she would no longer need a co-trustee and yet Robert Jones and the Bank of Hawaii continued to move forward, selling properties and attempting to dissolve our fathers estate without notifying myself or my brother. The Bank of Hawaii held the position of co-trustee for three years before asking the court to be removed. None of the Trusts mentioned in the 1st Amendment were ever funded by the Bank of Hawaii. An audit was performed by the IRS in 2007 due to the non filing of income tax returns by Robert Jones and the Bank of Hawaii. After several years and several requests the beneficiaries did not receive an accounting of the estate until 2008. The accounting prepared in 2008 does reflect the money from the sale of the stock was placed in two CDs however we have for years asked for documentation which would support this and Elizabeth along with her attorneys in Hawaii refuse to provide this to us. Therefore we question the validity of the handling of the money from the stock check.
Several suspicions have arisen over the years relative to the conduct of Attorney Robert Jones. He did not contact me or my brother, Melvin Meek, until after two properties were in the process of being sold. One of which was in Arkansas and as a result of the Jones not being thorough with a title search on the Arkansas property, a judgment against the estate was granted in the amount of $311,204.00.
It would appear Attorney Robert Jones acted in haste to assist Elizabeth in selling several of our fathers properties including one in Rialto, California (before a probate was legally opened in California) also a property in Hesperia, California, as well as the sale of the Arkansas property which had been in our family for close to 100 years, without contacting myself or my brother.
Myself and my brother received a letter from Robert Jones in August of 2004 asking us to not contact Elizabeth Meek (who does not feel comfortable speaking with you or Melvin for reasons known only to her) and to have all calls and inquiries relative to the estate go through his offices. For the next several years repeated phone calls and correspondence to Attorney Robert Jones in Atascadero, California were ignored. In April of 2008 I filed a police report with the Atascadero police Department for fraud with respect to the questionable signatures on the 1st Amendment to our fathers trust. Detective Pflum investigated the case and submitted his findings to the San Luis Obispo District Attorneys office. Among those findings were the Affidavit wherein Attorney Jones admitted the 1st Amendment was signed twice, once in Hawaii and three days later in California. We also submitted our forensics report prepared by Reed Hayes in Hawaii and concluding the signatures were forged. On March 6, 2011 I received a letter from Assistant District Attorney Jerret Gran stating they would not be moving on the allegations against Robert Jones due to lack of evidence.
One could reasonably conclude Attorney Robert Jones, a partner with three others in the PeJiHoTa casino venture which has had several different LLC filings over the years both in California and in Nevada was motivated by greed and saw an opportunity to compromise our fathers intentions outlined in his original 1996 trust as well as his weakened condition, in an effort to gain control over our fathers estate and profit accordingly. Because of Attorney Robert Jones mishandling of our fathers trust close to $200,000 has been paid out of the trust in legal fees to himself and attorneys for Bank of Hawaii. Also the aforementioned judgment in the amount of $311,204.00 against the estate for the sale of the Arkansas property has not been satisfied.
I thank you again for the hard work of your staff but most of all your political will to address this controversial issue of reservation shopping to protect all citizens, tribal and non-tribal of California.
(760) 413-5660 cell
Mayor of Rialto in front of Rialto Police Station Rialto, California
Mysterious death of Elizabeth's FIRST husband, Senator Johnny Reklai