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 Wayne Durden during Friday’s hearing that she had intended to pay the money back, but the debt became too great.  “This was a major error in judgment on my part,” she said, “and I take full responsibility.”  Her son, 33-year-old Matthew Beard, a freelance sound technician for entertainment venues, was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for his role in the theft. His mother allowed him to use the association’s debit card, as well, piling up about $20,000 of the total that was taken.    Read the article…………….


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