Port Ludlow man who ran guardianship firm stole from clients

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Kitsap County man who was supposed to be handling money for disabled and elderly clients has instead admitted to stealing it. Wayne Jerome Houston, of Port Ludlow, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Friday to fraud. The 61-year-old operated the guardianship firm Cross Point Services, but stole as much as $280,000 from two dozen clients between 2010 and 2018. U.S. Attorney Brian Moran said he stole on at least 240 occasions. Houston had access to his clients’ bank accounts so he could pay their expenses. Some of the stolen money consisted of Social Security payments.