ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Inside an Albuquerque courtroom, Joseph A. Perez quietly waited in his motorized wheelchair for a legal reckoning of the now-disgraced trust company that was supposed to protect and manage his $100,000 court settlement.
Joseph A. Perez agreed to allow a Journal photographer to take his photo after he attended a court hearing in state District Court last week involving Desert State Life Management of Albuquerque. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)
Perez, who has cerebral palsy and a speech impediment, is described as charming and intelligent by those who know him.
Add another word: determined.
Perez found out about state financial regulators’ May 31 request for an expedited hearing to place Desert State Life Management of Albuquerque into receivership. He informed his attorney David Plotsky about the initial hearing in the case last week before state District Judge Nan Nash.