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Woman accused of taking $100,000 from NH condo association

A woman has been arrested after she was accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from a town condo association over 18 months.  Police said Lynne Barry, 53 of Intervale, stole the money from the Northbrook Condominium Association from April 2014

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After arrest, Home Owner’s Association dues theft serves as example

It has been almost four years since allegations arose about the Belair Homeowners’ Association possibly falling victim to Laura Kozma, a former employee.  Monday, the AG’s Office arrested Kozma for theft over $25,000, money laundering over $20,000 and bank fraud.

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Slidell woman arrested for stealing from homeowners’ association (LA)

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office has arrested a Slidell woman for felony theft in excess of $25,000, Money Laundering over $20,000 and Bank Fraud.  Laura Kozma was booked into the St. Tammany Jail Monday following an investigation by the Louisiana

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PCSD: HOA treasurer admits to stealing $180,000 (AZ)

The treasurer for Canoa Seca Estates II walked into the Green Valley substation of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday afternoon and told deputies he was guilty of stealing $180,000 from the homeowners association, according to a PCSD spokesman.

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Condo Deposit Fraud results in Criminal Conviction for Developer’s Lawyer

A Toronto lawyer, Meerai Cho, was recently convicted of criminal breach of trust and had her licence to practice law revoked for her part in facilitating the theft of $13,000,000 by her client, a condominium developer. We previously blogged about

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Clayton woman pleads guilty to embezzling $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations (NC)

Diana Kelly, a woman accused of embezzling more than $800,000 from 25 homeowner associations whose accounts she managed, pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges as part of a plea arrangement with Wake County prosecutors.  Kelly, 54, rose in front

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HOA defrauded of millions accuses law firm of facilitating scheme (NV)

Forty people were arrested and at least three people killed themselves after federal investigators started bulldozing a construction company owner’s massive election-rigging scheme to defraud homeowners associations of millions of dollars and win an illegal fortune off of construction defect

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Homeowners’ association treasurer gets 3 years for stealing $122,779 (FL)

The 60-year-old former treasurer of Cimarron Homeowners Association near Medulla was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for stealing $122,779 from the group over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard, who still lives in the 72-home community, told Circuit Judge

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Spotting and Stopping Fraud and Embezzlement in Your HOA

Fraud and embezzlement can cause a homeowners’ association’s (“HOA”) board of directors a lot of time, money, and energy. So how can the board prevent potential fraud or embezzlement before it occurs? The solutions are simple but often overlooked. The

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Former ITD official resigns (ID)

Facing felony theft and fraud charges, Idaho Transportation Department business manager Scott Fellom has resigned.  Fellom is accused of embezzling $13,363.85 in forged checks from the Sunset Ridge Homeowners Association in Post Falls. He was the treasurer of Sun Ridge,

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Grand Jury Calls for Criminal Charges to Rein in ‘Wild West’ of Condo Boards

The question isn’t whether there’s fraud and abuse among some of the boards, according to the grand jury report, which cites thousands of annual reports of alleged wrongdoing to Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The question is how

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Trial for an alleged HOA embezzler delayed (CA)

The trial was delayed Friday for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in an embezzlement case involving nearly $2.8 million from a San Mateo homeowners association, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.    Read the article……….

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ITD manager accused of HOA embezzling (ID)

Idaho Transportation Department business manager Scott Fellom is facing felony grand theft and forgery charges.  According to court documents, Fellom, an employee of ITD’s District I bureau in Coeur d’Alene, is accused of embezzling $13,363.85 in forged checks from the

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Ex-property manager indicted in theft of $8k from Cobb HOA (GA)

A former property manager was recently indicted after police say she stole more than $8,000 from a Kennesaw homeowners association.  A grand jury handed down the decision Thursday for Wendy Teresa Robinson’s pair of theft charges.    Read the article……….

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State fails to protect condo owners from board fraud, grand jury finds (FL)

The Florida state agency that regulates condominium associations does not work to protect the tens of thousands who live in condos, resulting in extensive fraud, mismanagement and conflicts of interest among the boards and management companies that govern them, according

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Embezzlement suspect receives probation sentence (MI)

A Gwinn woman accused of embezzling $19,000 from The Pines at Red Fox Woods Condominium Association was sentenced Thursday morning in Marquette County District Court.  Tracy Spruitenburg, 44, received 12 months probation plus court fines and costs. Spruitenburg was arrested

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Accountant Accused of Stealing $100,000 From Homeowners Association (GA)

A local accountant has been charged with stealing money from a homeowner’s association for more than a year.  Investigators with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office arrested Gregory James Heath, 43, of Cartersville on Wednesday in connection to the case.  

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Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs (FL)

A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took at least $56,000 from three homeowners’ associations in Lee and Collier counties.  Robert Dana Brown also owed more than $48,000 to another nine homeowners’

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Malaysia: MACC nabs condo management execs in RM1.5mil misappropriation case

KUALA LUMPUR: A former secretary and an accountant of a Joint Management Body (JMB) of a condominium here were on Tuesday detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on suspicion of misappropriating RM1.5mil.  The suspects, aged 53 and 27 years,

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Maricopa County Sheriff’s arrested a Fountain Hills woman for allegedly misusing funds from the HOA that she served as treasurer

The arrest was made Jan. 12, following a lengthy investigation. The woman is accused of using a bank debit card on the HOA account for her personal use. She also allegedly falsified financial reports in an effort to hide the

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Mother and son stole nearly $123,000 from Lakeland homeowners’ association (FL)

Martha Beard, 60, and her son, Matthew Beard, 33, each face up to 30 years in prison on charges they stole an estimated $122,780 from their community’s homeowners’ association over an 11-year span.  Martha Beard pleaded guilty to grand theft

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Twin Falls man accused of stealing $20K from homeowners association (ID)

A Twin Falls man is being accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a mobile homeowners association in the form of overcompensation.  Eddy D. Packham, 55, posted bond on Monday and had a walk-in arraignment Thursday on a felony theft

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Twin Falls man accused of stealing $20K from homeowners association (ID)

A Twin Falls man is being accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a mobile homeowners association in the form of overcompensation.  Eddy D. Packham, 55, posted bond on Monday and had a walk-in arraignment Thursday on a felony theft

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Got Crime Insurance for Your Condo Association?

While a condo association may have a related business insurance policy for liability, property as well as directors’ and officers’ coverage, there is a glaring risk that many big and small associations might ignore – until the damages and losses

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Leominster condo association treasurer, son accused of thefts (MA)

A 78-year-old Leominster woman and her son pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of stealing more than $180,000 from a condominium association in Leominster.  Judith R. Remy and her 56-year-old son, Raymond R. Remy Jr., were each arraigned Friday morning

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HOA worker charged with $94,000 theft from West Palm community (FL)

The bookkeeper for a suburban West Palm Beach homeowners association has been arrested for allegedly using nearly $95,000 of the association’s money for personal expenses.  Kristine K. Moore, 36, of West Palm Beach, was charged Dec. 29 with larceny and

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The Importance Of Protecting Your Association’s Money

One of the most important responsibilities of a property or condominium association board of directors is protecting the association’s funds. In doing so, it is important for the board of directors and management company (if you are professionally managed) to

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Woman also arraigned on forgery count (MT)

She will also be arraigned on a felony forgery charge filed earlier this year. In that case Sindt is accused of writing 12 checks from the Mountain Acres Homeowner Association without permission between Dec. 3, 2015 and April 26.  Checks

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Oro Valley homeowners lose thousands of dollars in condo rental scheme (AZ)

She was a person that 30 condo owners trusted to rent out their condo as a vacation rental.  For a while things were good and the homeowners received their money, then something changed with Brenda Sue Cann.  Oro Valley Police

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Leominster mother and son indicted by grand jury for larceny in connection with condo association theft

A Leominster mother and son, who allegedly stole more than $183,000 from a condominium association between 2010 and 2016 were indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 21 on several larceny charges, according to a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph

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Jury trial date set for alleged HOA embezzler (CA)

The jury trial date for Michael Anthony Medeiros, an alleged HOA embezzler, was confirmed for Feb. 21, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.  Medeiros, 58, was an alleged co-conspirator with Susan Marie Lambert in embezzling $2.8 million

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Wake (NC) DA: Investigating HOA embezzlement case took time

Officials with several homeowners associations in the Triangle expressed frustration this summer when money went missing from their accounts and no one was being held accountable.  Their wait ended this week, when a Wake County grand jury indicted Diana Ellis

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NC Update: Clayton woman charged with embezzling from HOAs

Police on Tuesday arrested the owner of a homeowners association management company suspected of stealing as much as $800,000 from dozens of area HOAs.  Diana Ellis Kelly, 54, of Clayton, has been indicted on 25 counts of embezzlement and was

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Ramona Property Manager Charged with Fraud (CA)

A Ramona property manager and his company were charged Monday with four counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud a homeowners association of $247,000.  Robert Walsh, 37, allegedly made false claims that his firm, Cornerstone Management

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Lake in the Hills woman charged with making unauthorized purchases from Sun City Community Association (IL)

A Lake in the Hills woman has turned herself in after Huntley police said she made more than $20,000 in unauthorized personal purchases and charged them to the Sun City Community Association of Huntley.  Jennifer Lupo, 38, of 10 Litchfield

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“Super nice guy” accused of HOA fraud (FL)

Herons Glen’s problem was discovered early in the summer and a special meeting of the Herons Glen Recreation District was held on July 6. According to the minutes, “some financial discrepancies were found and based on those findings, Josh Hall

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Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price (FL)

When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he’d pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.  But when he got his tax bill that

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Richland Township woman paid $53,000 restitution to homeowners’ association (PA)

A Richland Township woman was placed on probation after she paid back money taken from a homeowners’ association, authorities said.  Julianna T. Zamias, 33, paid $53,000 restitution to Skyview Estates Homeowners’ Association.  She appeared before Cambria County President Judge Norman

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Sleazy treasurer left Westchester Trump Tower a financial mess: suit (NY)

The other Trump Tower — in White Plains — is in financial trouble after the condominium discovered its longtime treasurer had been allegedly stealing cash for years, according to a lawsuit filing.  Frank Palazzolo, a real estate investor who was

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Cape HOA pays extra after company fails to pay bill (FL)

An ongoing Call for Action investigation has found another person claiming Goldy Krekic of Cape Coral-based Croat Pavers did not follow through on a job.  Jerry Dout, president of the Rubicon Condo Association in Cape Coral, recently reached out to

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Woman charged with felony theft (AR)

A Hot Springs woman is charged with a felony after being accused of transferring nearly $30,000 in funds to her private bank account while serving as treasurer of a property owner’s association.  Sara Delaine McQuilliams, 68, who lists a Belvedere

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Convicted HOA embezzler released from jail (CA)

The former manager of the Woodlake Homeowners Association who was convicted of embezzling nearly $2.8 million from the San Mateo property owners group will be released from jail while she awaits sentencing.  Susan Marie Lambert, 65, appeared in court Thursday

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Condo owners hold meeting with board over association theft (HI)

We’re learning more about a theft of more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars from a condominium association.  A meeting was held Wednesday night between Kukui Plaza homeowners and association board members.     Read the article……………..

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PBSO employee and husband accused of fraud, grand theft from HOA (FL)

A husband and wife from Lake Worth, who are former leaders of the Lantana Homes Homeowner’s Association, are accused of using HOA money for their personal bills.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested Darlene Jeannette Cox and her husband

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Homeowners left hanging after $276,000 stolen from condo association (HI)

Kukui Plaza homeowners in downtown Honolulu are out more than a quarter million dollars.  Their condo association says the money was stolen from a bank account, and the bank says it’s not obligated to reimburse the homeowners.  The president of

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Lawsuit filed against former Lakes Northwest HOA board member (TX)

Earlier this year, KRIS 6 News told you about an investigation that found an estimated $61,000 missing from the Lakes Northwest Homeowners Association account. Now there is a civil lawsuit against the woman who was president of that HOA at

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Property Manager Charged with Fraudulently Pocketing Fees from Chicago Condominium Association (IL)

November 14, 2016. A property manager has been charged in federal court with fraudulently pocketing more than $150,000 in illegal fees from a condominium association in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.  ALAN P. GOLD, the owner and operator of Chicago-based A.P. Gold

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Condo owners: Penalty for company too light (MA)

Two executives of a Haverhill-based property management company received probation earlier this month and were ordered to pay restitution to several condominium complexes they were accused of stealing money from.  The executives pleaded no contest to the thefts, which police

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Condo fraudster faces four-year prison sentence (ON)

A 47-year-old con artist who stole $3 million from 13 area condo corporations while posing as a trustworthy property manager faces four years in prison.  Brett MacKenzie Leahey will also have to pay back the funds he swiped from condo

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Elderly Rockford man charged with stealing homeowner association funds

An 82-year-old Rockford man was arrested Monday on charges of stealing more than $10,000 from the homeowner’s association of Thatcher Blake Riverwalk Condos located in the 2400 block of South of Main Street.  Frank O. Tartaglia, a former resident of

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