Attorneys in Jacksonville say they're shocked by the actions of a fellow lawyer, Cynthia Nichols accused of stealing 100 grand from an elderly client...so how did this happen?
"There were a number of things that went wrong," says Florida Coastal School of Law associate professor of Professional Skills Sarah Sullivan.
Sullivan says guardians have to abide by strict rules, like going back to court every year for an accounting.
"Which is a fairly detailed financial report that talks about everything that's come in and everything that's gone out."
Sullivan says she doesn't know how the money got moved without the court's knowledge because she says she practices in the same court and thinks the checks and balances are there.
"If anyone is going to have a kind of evil intention they're going to find a way to get around [them]...this sounds like there was a bunch of money moving around that did not have the court's attention," says Sullivan.
She says anytime you see big pots of money moving or ATM withdrawals, it could be a red flag.
If you believe that you or someone in your family has been the victim of exploitation contact the DCF abuse hotline at 1-800-962-2873.