What can we learn from the Nevada HOA fraud investigation?

By Deborah Goonan Finally. Las Vegas Review Journal has access to many once secret files in the massive homeowners' association fraud investigation, and those documents reveal details regading Kingpin Leon Benzer's complex conspiracy to rip off hundreds of porperty owners in up to eight different associations. At the center of the plan: straw buyers and …

EEOC files suit against Vail CO condo association, management company

By Deborah Goonan Here's another potential liability of owning property in a condo or homeowners' association. Your Association could be sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, and retaliation. Recent case filed: EEOC v. Vail Run Community Resort Association, Inc. and Global Hospitality Resorts, Inc. The EEOC alleges that Vail …

Court documents will be unsealed in NV HOA fraud investigation

Posted by Deborah Goonan Kudos to the Nevada Review Journal for fighting for the public's right to know exactly what happened in the largest HOA criminal corruption ring ever investigated. Jeff German at the News Journal has been on top of this story for nearly 8 years. You can read about the court victory here. …

Criminal complaints filed in condo catastrophe

Posted by Deborah Goonan Commentary: Bob Norman is one of Florida's top notch investigative reporters on HOA, Condo, and Co-op issues in South Florida. Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems to keep him busy. The latest allegations involve the apparent theft or misappropriation of $800,000 from Jade Winds Condominium in Miami Beach. This is a …

Kingpin of NV HOA fraud scheme sentenced to 15 1/2 years

Posted by Deborah Goonan Originally Published on Neighbors at War By Ward Lucas Nevada Judge Finally Shows Some Guts Well, good old Las Vegas mobster Leon Benzer has finally met justice in his plan to steal millions and millions of dollars from Homeowners Associations. Not much justice, but at least federal judge James Mahan has …

Update: Sentry Management under criminal investigation for renting to squatters

By Deborah Goonan A few days ago I told you about a military family that returned from deployment to find squatters living in their home. (In case you missed it here's the previous blog) An updated report confirms that Douglas and Lori Tupper were forced to move out of the home when they discovered it …

HOA Fraud: What’s the Big Secret?

Reprinted from: The Privatopia Papers by Evan McKenzie http://privatopia.blogspot.com/2015/06/feds-fighting-to-keep-las-vegas-hoa.html Tuesday, June 30, 2015 Feds fighting to keep Las Vegas HOA fraud files secret "Federal prosecutors are fighting to keep secret the mass of evidence in the long-running investigation into the scheme to take over and defraud homeowners associations. Lawyers with the Justice Department’s Fraud Section …

Military family returns to find HOA collecting rent from squatters

By Deborah Goonan This is yet another nightmare story of outrageous abuse and power wielded by homeowners' associations. This story involves: Exploitation of a military family while deployed and on active duty Unresolved construction defects, specifically Chinese drywall The HOA allowing squatters to break into their home and pay rent to the Association You can …

Key Player in HOA Scheme gets 30 months in federal prison (NV Review Journal)

Posted by Deborah Goonan Commentary: When "key players" in a massive fraud scheme - resulting in millions of dollars in losses - are ordered to serve 30 months in prison, and make restitution of a share of a mere $100,000, one has to wonder if sentences for fraud and theft in Homeowners' Associations are tough …

Ex-HOA official Vicki Yancey, wife of BHS coach, arrested on larceny

Here's another report of alleged HOA theft by a former Board Treasurer. An audit called attention to financial discrepancies that have been traced to Vicki Ann Yancey, leading to her arrest in Ocala, Florida. Yancey served as Treasurer for 12 years. Originally published By Austin L. Miller Staff writer, Ocala Star Banner (FL) Published: Friday, …