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Chemung County Continues Persecuting Sara and Gary Harvey

One of the ugliest stories in America.

The Harvey's in happier times.
The Harvey's in happier times.

(ELMIRA, NY - It seems the tortured imprisonment of Gary Harvey in Chemung County New York, will never end. 

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Mr. Harvey who suffered a head injury as a result of a fall in his home seven years ago, has been a real cash cow for not only the hospital he is confined to, but also for numerous agencies, attorneys and predatory guardians. 

As long as Mr. Harvey can be owned and controlled by the predators, his safety, welfare and general overall health will continue to deteriorate.  But there is money to be made!  And Mr. Harvey has been a virtual ATM for those who continue to hold him hostage.

Mr. Harvey has been billed more than 1 million a year in medical and rehabilitation costs billed to his wife’s insurance.  Much of this was for rehabilitation services that never occurred. 

State agencies and agents are availing themselves of Mr. Harvey’s social security checks, and any funds supplied by the Veterans Administration along with Medicaid funds.  You can see it is not in the financial interests of the predators involved to release Gary from his imprisonment.

To understand just how vindictive, how callous and vicious these individuals can be, please note the letter received shown below. 

Keep in mind this is Sara Harvey’s husband who is being abused here, and this letter is in regards to his birthday visit from his wife:



                             HUMAN RESOURCE CENTER

                             425 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE

                                           P.O. BOX 588

                   ELMIRA, NEW YORK 14902-0588

                     (607) 737-5403 FAX (607) 737-5500

            TO:  Theresa Duffy, SJH  and CIS

            FROM:  Elizabeth Beckwith, Adult Services

            RE:  Gary visitation

Deretha Watterson, LCSW-R Kellie Lowman

Commissioner Children and Family Services

During Gary’s visit today, 2/27/13, Sara Harvey is permitted the following actions:

  • Kiss Gary two times on the cheek

  • Hold hand under the following conditions:

  • Hands are visible at all times by the monitor (CIS staff person and camera).

  • Sara’s hand should NOT be moving at all when holding Gary’s hand.

Please note that the above two actions shall only be permitted under the above conditions.  IF Sara deviates at any time during today’s visit from these stated expectations, then all touching should stop immediately.

These permitted actions cease at the end of the visit today.

************* Mrs. Harvey has waged a never-ending battle to not only free her husband from this horrendous abuse, but most times just to have access to her husband.  Visitation occurs only under the supervision of an armed guard and a nurse.  Most times she is not allowed to touch him or comfort him in any way. 

She is not allowed to take pictures of him in his chronically deteriorating condition to document the abuse and neglect this man has suffered at the hands of predators who operate under the protection and facilitation of the probate courts.

As a result of being involuntarily guardianized by the probate court, Mr. Harvey has lost all rights to due process, any civil rights protections afforded under the state or federal constitutions, and is not only incapable of speaking for himself, would not be allowed to even if he could speak. 

None-the-less, last year the court appointed attorney for Mr. Harvey insisted that he wanted a divorce from his wife, Sara.  How this information was communicated from Mr. Harvey to this so-called attorney,  has never been provided.

Having to battle the state agencies, hospital staff and attorneys just to retain the right to visit with her husband, Mrs. Harvey has been relentless in her pursuit of justice for her husband.  As a result, unfounded charges of abuse were levied against Mrs. Harvey for which no proof was ever provided or even offered. 

In guardianship cases, charges can be leveled against anyone attempting to advocate for a guardianized victim by any of the individuals from various agencies, attorneys or predatory guardians.  Even hospital staff can levy charges for which no proof, other than they said so, has occurred.  Each of these fraudulent charges is money in the bank.

There is absolutely no excuse for the baseless restrictions put on Mrs. Harvey in regards to such basic physical contact with her husband.  This is vindictiveness.  This is cruel and unusual punishment for  crime never committed.

This is your probate court, unethical attorneys, predatory guardians and agency personal flexing their muscle…..and Gary and Sara Harvey are paying the price.

Special thanks to Marti Oakley and for granting permission to republish this article.

First published here:


Jul-03-2012: I'm Sick of the Gary & Sara Harvey Case - Time to Move On - Carrie K. Hutchens Special to

Jul-02-2012: A Veteran Denied: The Gary Harvey Case -

May-12-2011: Government Intrusion - Sara Harvey for

Aug-19-2011: Sara! Sara, come back! Don't leave me here!Carrie K. Hutchens Dakota Voice

Jul-19-2011: The Gary Harvey Case: Out of Site Out of Mind - By Carrie K. Hutchens Dakota Voice


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Reader March 8, 2013 12:03 pm (Pacific time)

Why don't you tell the rest of the story about Sara Harvey and this case. Tell it ALL

Chuckie NorblAD March 4, 2013 12:53 pm (Pacific time)

Most of you care about the right things, this man is receiving a high level of injustice, I'm surprised he isn't a man of color as they forever draw the wrath of white racist assholes.

Diane March 3, 2013 3:58 pm (Pacific time)

@Matt Johnson, It is all in the hands of MHLS The appointed attorney for Gary Harvey who should be acting on behalf Gary. However, The appointed MHLS state actor Kevin Moshier is opposing Bobby Schindler. Why? Call him and ask why? He knows the animosity between the county and Mrs. Harvey and it certainly is NOT in Gary Harvey's "BEST INTEREST" for the county to serve. Home: (607)-733-9496 Work : (607)-271-9262 Call his boss deputy director David M. Levine and tell him what is going on with his employee Work:(518) 474-4453 or the Director of MHLS Bruce S Dix Work: (518) 474-4453

Matt Johnson - Malibu March 3, 2013 12:53 pm (Pacific time)

What can people on the east coast to do bring attention to this? Can we do a phone or letter writing campaign? What single event could bring a change to Mr. Harvey's status? Can the facility be sued? I'm sorry but it is so upsetting to have just read this, it is unimaginable and those of us who are not in this spot could end up there very quickly, let's help this couple, write your ideas in this comment section please!

Elaine Renoire March 3, 2013 4:31 pm (Pacific time)

This letter is a clear message: Chemung County should resign now - and turn over the guardianship to Bobby Schindler, for Gary Harvey's best interest.

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