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Embezzler pleads no contest: Former Woodlake homeowners’ association manager faces about three years prison (CA)

The former manager of San Mateo’s Woodlake condominium homeowners’ association accused of stealing $2.8 million could serve more than three years in prison after pleading no contest to embezzlement charges.  Nearly three years after residents were first tipped off that

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Miami-Dade launches first blow in fight against condominium fraud

Miami-Dade police launched their first blow in the fight to end local condominium fraud with the arrest Tuesday of a former accounting assistant accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the condo community.  Leslie Navarro, accused of stealing $148,000 from

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Birmingham woman stole $375k from 11 condo associations (AL)

A woman who managed 11 condominium associations in the Birmingham area has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 from those groups, federal authorities announced Tuesday.  Jill Rouse Boothby, 42, was charged Monday with one count of wire fraud, according

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Ogden HOA left in lurch while management company investigated (NC)

After a Garner-based management company, Kornerstone Community Management, closed its doors abruptly in August with no notice to homeowners’ associations it managed across the state, at least one local HOA is without access to its bank accounts.  The HOA of

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Police, Wake DA to HOA leaders: Be patient, get lawyers (NC)

awyers and police counseled patience Thursday night before a crowd of homeowners association leaders gathered to hear an update on an investigation into money that was discovered missing after the management company that ran the associations closed suddenly.  Garner Chief

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Former Tidewater Property Management employee receives no jail time for $55,000-theft scheme (MD)

A former Tidewater Property Management employee was given a 10-year, fully-suspended prison sentence Wednesday morning after pleading guilty in April in stealing over $55,000 from individual homeowners and the Wyndham Condominium Association.  Donald Eugene Henderson III, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty

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Police execute search warrants in HOA case (NC)

Police detectives took 14 file cabinets containing legal documents, 55 boxes of files and computer memory from seven machines on Aug. 11 after searching the office of the management company that 11 homeowners associations claim stole their money, documents showed.

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Shawmut Properties trial continued again

Members of condo associations in the region will have to wait until late this year, at soonest, to see if two members of a Haverhill-based company are found guilty of stealing $100,000 from the associations.  The trial of the executives

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SBI joins investigation of missing HOA money (NC)

Police said Wednesday they have called in financial crimes experts from the State Bureau of Investigation to assist in an investigation of possible embezzlement from dozens of area homeowners associations.  Twenty-five HOAs from across the Triangle have filed complaints with

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Ex-official who stole from Tamarac homeowners association gets prison sentence (FL)

A former homeowners association president in Tamarac has been sentenced to prison for embezzling more than $180,000 from her community.  Court records show that Michelle Changar-Coe, 46, changed her plea to guilty on a grand theft charge and was sentenced

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Triangle HOAs claim management company closed shop with their money (NC)

Police are investigating whether a management company has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from at least 27 homeowners associations across the Triangle.  The management company, Kornerstone, whose office was based in Garner, suddenly closed without notice, leaving some associations

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Police estimate $500K missing in Garner HOA embezzlement case (NC)

Two dozen more homeowners associations in the Triangle have come forward in connection to the possible embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars.  Last week, two HOAs had filed reports with Garner police and four others filed complaints with the

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NC: Garner police investigate after HOAs say money missing

Police said Wednesday that they are investigating the possible embezzlement of tens of thousands of dollars from at least six homeowners associations in the Triangle.  Accounts for all six HOAs were, at some point, maintained by Kornerstone Community Management in

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News 2 I-Team: HOA taken for $16,000 (SC)

“He did all the right moves,” she remembered. “He sent me an orchid. He was very diligent in the beginning.”  Then excuses started. It was months before she heard from him. She demanded her money back or for work to

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Former employee stole $90,000 from Inn at Aspen (condo) hotel (CO)

A former manager of the Inn at Aspen allegedly stole over $90,000 from the hotel in a scheme involving employee rental payments and the funneling of money to a company he owned.     Read the article………………

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Spotting and dealing with fraud in a condo building

Fraud in a condominium building can be devastating. The most common form of fraud in a condo building is theft by a board member who has the authority to sign checks. Risk is especially high when only one individual has

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Accused homeowners’ association embezzler opts for trial rather than ARD program (PA)

The woman at the center of a scheme to embezzle money from a Richland Township homeowners’ association will stand trial, likely in October.  Julianna T. Zamias, 32, opted for a trial rather than enter the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program,

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Spotting Financial Irregularities: Red Flags Every Board Member Should Know About

While it’s pretty much impossible for a condo board, HOA or an employee thereof to commit fraud on the scale of a Bernie Madoff or any one of the greed-driven shysters who have made headlines in recent years, building boards

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Ex-Lake Redwine (GA) manager guilty of pocketing HOA fees

A former Lake Redwine homeowners association manager has pleaded guilty to charges of forgery and four counts of unlawful use of a financial transaction card.    Read the article………….

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Does Australia’s Strata Sector Lack Accountability?

Having been found guilty of embezzling $67,000 worth of client funds from seven strata plans, he was originally sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment. Last year, his sentence was in fact increased to 18 months by the Parramatta District Court but

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Professor charged with snookering homeowners’ association (NJ)

An Ocean County College professor who heads a statewide trade group is under indictment for an alleged theft from her property owners association.     Read the article……………

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Collingwood, Barrie condo fraud case set for pre-trial on Aug. 8

A woman accused of defrauding several local condominium corporations, is back in court next month.      Read the article………….

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Charges filed after audit finds money missing (IN)

A former treasurer of a homeowners association has been charged with theft after an audit revealed more than $39,000 missing from the account. Jennifer L. Schmid, 40, was charged after she admitted to the president of Surprise Park Improvement Association

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WA: Orting School Board president commits suicide as court appearance loomed for homeowners association theft

Orting School Board President Iris Lilley killed herself on the day she was to appear in court for allegedly stealing from her homeowners association.  The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the 59-year-old’s death was a suicide, but when she

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Terrebonne (QC) police officer facing fraud charges over condo fees

A police officer from Terrebonne is facing fraud charges related to the Chomedey condo complex where he lived.  Lt. Daniel Fortier is accused of defrauding his neighbours of nearly $200,000, money allegedly taken from the condo fees he was in

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Don Christy, owner of PAI on Hilton Head, expected to plead guilty

A well-known property manager will likely plead guilty to fraud Tuesday — more than a year after he was accused of stealing more than $3 million from communities and property owners on Hilton Head Island.    Read the article…………

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Accused in Collingwood, Barrie condo corp fraud faces more charges (ON)

A woman accused of defrauding several local condominium corporations is facing about 20 more charges in connection with a series of incidents   Read the article………….

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Two found guilty of fixing election in Pike County private community (PA)

Two Pike County men have been convicted of election fraud, according to Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin.  Dmitry Kupershmidt, 42, and Myron Cowher, 53, were found guilty Monday on numerous charges related to a scheme to fix an election

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Former treasurer stole over $51K from homeowners association, police say (FL)

A former Boynton Beach homeowners association treasurer is accused of embezzling $51,000 in part, authorities said, to pay the mortgage on his house that allowed him to maintain his position with the association.     Read the article………….

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NYPD employee accused of stealing $350K from condo association

A 50-year-old NYPD employee was busted Wednesday for ripping off his condominium association in Staten Island, police sources said.  Dan Juliano was arrested at about 6:45 a.m. and charged with grand larceny for stealing $350,000, police sources said.     Read

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Woman accused of stealing from Kennesaw HOA (GA)

A former Kennesaw property manager faces criminal charges.  Wendy Teresa Robinson is accused of stealing more than $8,000 from a home owners’ association fund    Read the article…………

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Former treasurer stole over $51K from homeowners association, police say (FL)

A former Boynton Beach homeowners association treasurer is accused of embezzling $51,000 in part, authorities said, to pay the mortgage on his house that allowed him to maintain his position with the association.    Read the article………..

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Condo fraud laws must be strengthened, say politicians and police (FL)

…..proposals to strengthen condo laws and regulations in the last two state legislative sessions in Tallahassee never were approved. Police departments kept referring complainants to civil courts or the state Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), which supervises some

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Condo Employee Charged with Theft (NJ)

A cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Economic Crimes Unit and the Wildwood Police Department Detective’s Bureau revealed Lloyd stole in excess of $75,000 from her employer, Ocean Towers Condominiums, between September of 2015 and March of

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Condo boards on road to recovery a year after manager charged in alleged $4.1-million fraud

The residents of a Mountain condo building are nursing their reserve fund back to health after their corporation and 12 others fell victim to an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.      Read the article………….

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Working for you: Trusting others with your money (AL)

Chances are you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association, or you have a child in a youth sports league. But how well do you know the person keeping the books? Are there checks an balances?   Read the article…………….

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Management Firm Owner Admits to Stealing Over $2.5 Million from Client Homeowner and Condo Associations (MD)

William Kyndall Francis, age 39, of Elkridge, Maryland pleaded guilty today to wire fraud.  The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the

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Vestavia Hills (AL) accountant charged with stealing from condo association, youth softball league

A Vestavia Hills woman, who has worked as an accountant for two decades, was arrested for allegedly stealing from a condo association and a youth softball team for which she served as treasurer.    Read the article…………..

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Windcrest (TX) city official, contractor indicted in HOA fraud case

The city of Windcrest’s economic development director and a former city contractor there have been charged with duping a north San Antonio homeowners’ association out of more than $300,000.  Read the article………

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Woman suspected of defrauding homeowners association (FL)

A former bookkeeper is accused of defrauding the Kingsland Ocala Waterway Homeowners Association out of more than $11,000 over four years.    Read the article………….

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Court case continued until June for mother and son accused of stealing over $180K from Leominster (MA) condo association

A discovery hearing in District Court for a mother and son accused of stealing over $180,000 from a local condominium association was continued Thursday.  Judith R. Remy, 77, of 131 Litchfield Pines Drive, and Raymond R. Remy, 55, of 92

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Hidden Harbor Homeowner’s Association President indicted (TN)

In a release, Hamilton County Deputies say John Brian Markee, age 47, turned himself in Friday. after the Hamilton County Grand Jury handed down an indictment charging him with one count of theft over $10,000.00.    Read the article……………

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Attorney General’s Office investigating Beach Club bid rigging allegations

The Florida Attorney General’s Office confirms that investigators are currently reviewing allegations of bid rigging at a West Miami-Dade condo complex to determine if any antitrust laws have been violated.   Read the article…………..

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Grand Jury Indicts Former Hidden Harbor (TN) Subdivision Homeowner’s Association President For Theft

John Brian Markee, 47, turned himself into Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Friday, after the Hamilton County Grand Jury handed down an indictment charging him with one count of theft over $10,000.00.     Read the article…………..

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Tampa (FL) firm probed by Attorney General Pam Bondi accused of fake bidding in foreclosure auctions

Many other associations have had similar experiences with the firm, Clearwater attorney Brandon Mullis said. He accuses HOA Problem Solutions of an “ongoing scam” that hurts not only the associations but also the homeowners, renters and honest bidders in foreclosure

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Accused homeowner association embezzler placed on probation (PA)

Dennis P. Michaels, 57, his wife, Julia S. Michaels, 62, and their daughter Julianna Theresa Zamias, 32, are accused of stealing more than $84,000 from Skyview Estate Homeowner Association from Jan. 1, 2007, through Dec. 31, 2013, while they were

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Property manager pleads guilty to condo theft, official says (NJ)

A Hackensack-based property manager has pleaded guilty to theft of the third degree in connection to charges that he stole thousands of dollars from a Jersey City condominium association, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.   Read the article………

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N4T Investigators: Former HOA accountant sentenced (AZ)

Joshua Bonillas will not go to jail for stealing $45,000 from a homeowners association.  As part of a plea deal the News 4 Tucson Investigators first reported last month when Bonillas pleaded guilty, he agreed today in Pima County Superior

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Leominster (MA) condo owners stuck with big debt as ex-association president, son charged in theft

Last summer, Joe Butkiewicz was doing what he had been doing monthly since he and his wife, Kim, bought a condo at Pickwick Manor in 2007: paying their monthly condominium fees on time.  But this time, condominium manager Judith Remy

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Neighborhood association and police investigate missing $22,000 (TN)

Strange is one of hundreds of homeowners who got a letter from Jeffrey Nelson, association board president. The letter details the resignation of former president Brian Markee, who allegedly admitted to stealing money from the organization. An audit found that

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