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Clayton woman charged with embezzling from HOAs (NC)
Posted 6:26 p.m. Tuesday
Updated 11:55 p.m. Tuesday
Garner, N.C. — 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 released from the Wake County jail after posting a $500,000 bond.
Twenty-five HOAs from across the Triangle filed complaints this summer with the Garner Police Department or the Consumer Protection Division of the state Attorney General’s Office after accounts were found drained and checks started bouncing. Accounts for all of the HOAs were, at some point, maintained by Kornerstone Community Management in Garner, which Kelly owned and operated.
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Wow. Over $800,000 allegedly stolen from two dozen HOAs. Here’s the original report I passed along in August 2016.
Authorities: Richland Township woman paid $53,000 restitution to homeowners’ association (PA)
By Patrick Buchnowski
firstname.lastname@example.org Nov 30, 2016
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 Krumenacker III on Nov. 22 and was placed on the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Green said.
“The association is happy they were able to get reimbursement,” Green said.
Zamias was able to avoid jail time by making full restitution to the small townhouse association. Her father, Dennis Michaels got probation after repaying his share of restitution. The Michaels family owed the Julz Development company, which originally built Skyview Estates.
‘Super nice guy’ accused of HOA fraud (FL)
MELANIE PAYNE , TELLMEL@NEWS-PRESS.COM 8:10 p.m. EST December 9, 2016
When an anonymous caller told me Joshua C. Hall, the former general manager at Herons Glen Golf and Country Club, was caught embezzling money, I thought it was old news.
“Didn’t that happen a few years ago?” I asked. It turns out I was recalling another North Fort Myers homeowners’ association, Sabal Springs.
Thinking there was no way this could be happening that often, I googled “homeowners’ association embezzlement.” Man, was I wrong. Financial crimes at condo and homeowners’ associations are so prevalent, there are websites dedicated to HOA fraud.
By now the word is getting out that embezzlement and fraud in HOAs – and development districts associated with HOAs – has become an epidemic. In this case, the General Manager of a FL CDD’s Golf and Country Club has admitted to stealing $200K. But community leaders are wringing their hands over what to do about it, preferring to bury the scandal from public view and keep a “nice guy” out of jail.