Over three dozen A-frame political signs rented or donated to politicians by Jared Shafer's PFSN Inc., have become shelters for vagrants

"Guardian" Jared Shafer's political signs become a public nuisance

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Over three dozen A-frame political signs rented or donated to politicians by Jared Shafer’s PFSN Inc., have become shelters for vagrants.


A homeowner who called police to report that a homeless camp utilizing several of the A-frames had popped up in his neighborhood, reported that the responding officer said “We’re told to back off.”

Shafer illegally commingles funds from a company known as Signs of Nevada, LLC, with funds from his “wards” in his PFSN, Inc. bank account. Commingling of ward’s funds is a violation of NRS 159.073 (III) (IV), but has never been enforced by elected officials who have used Shafer’s signs in their campaigns.

The A-frame portable billboards are officially owned by two of Shafer’s closest associates, guardianship attorneys Patricia Trent and Elyse Tyrell, who often represent Shafer in Family Court disputes. Shafer’s PFSN office manager/secretary/bookkeeper, Amy Deittrick, is listed as the sign company’s manager by the Secretary of State, which also lists Shafer’s fiduciary business address as that of the sign company.

Sign companies such as Shafer’s have the ability to make or break a judicial campaign by discounting or donating the 8’ by 12’ movable political signs to certain Judge, DA, and Attorney General candidates during election season. The majority of Trent and Tyrell’s signs now appearing during this election season contain ads for Family Court and District Court incumbent Judges, selected candidates seeking to fill court vacancies, or attorneys wanting to replace less cooperative Judges.

Sources say that Shafer is the go-to guy when it comes to cheap political billboards - a sure fire way to endear himself to those with power over the lives and fortunes of his hapless wards and their heirs, and that is why many of his critics believe he has escaped being investigated or prosecuted locally for dozens of complaints of exploiting the elderly.

One of Shafer’s long time associates Patience Bristol on December 30, 2013 plead guilty to felony exploitation of the elderly. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 28 in the Clark County District Court of Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez.

Shafer has not (yet) been charged with a crime, though In 2009, Shafer and his CPA’s narrowly avoided criminal prosecution by the SEC by returning money they invested in a Ponzi scheme in which investor funds were used, among other things, to pay promised returns to earlier investors and for family living expenses. Most of the money was fraudulently obtained from unknowing senior citizens. According to court records, Shafer and two accomplices were accused of receiving commissions for the sale of securities without a license.

Being in control of the most desirable form of political advertising sought by Family Court Judges is what many believe has led to PFSN, Inc. being the favored fiduciary service chosen by Family Court Judges and their appointed Guardianship Commissioners when a wealthy elderly or disabled person is made a ward of the state.

The disinterest shown by LVMPD to respond to complaints about Shafer’s signs being used as homeless shelters, raises speculation that police officers do not believe that the District Attorney, who himself has used Shafer’s signs in his political campaigns, will prosecute Shafer or Signs of Nevada for not securing their signs, and thereby creating a growing, serious public nuisance. - SM




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