HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com This month: several property managers and HOA treasurers accused of embezzlement; defendant says alcoholism played a role in his HOA thefts; sentencing of former Colorado and Virginia HOA managers and an Iowa board treasurer; owners in a Washington HOA to pay higher fees as a result of embezzlement. Colorado Former HOA Administrator gets maximum 7 years in prison for violation of public trust Earlier this month, Chief Judge Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2019)

HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debgoonan@icloud.com A noticeable pattern of theft this month: trusted HOA managers, treasurers embezzling money, then falsifying records to cover up their alleged crimes. Plus: one of Chicago’s condo attorneys suspended for one year. Illinois Condo attorney suspended, after he falsified financial records at his former law firm The state agency that regulates legal professionals, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), recently suspended Michael Shifrin, of Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit. ARDC Continue ReadingHOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Oct. 2019)

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities debgoonan@icloud.com This month: HOA managers, administrators investigated for theft and embezzlement; allegations of political conflict of interest in Mississippi; and Delaware DOJ pursues real estate developer for deceptive marketing practices. Police investigation: $100,000 in “reimbursement” checks to former HOA manager (CA) Chula Vista police are investigating a former HOA manager for possible embezzlement of funds at Camelot at Eastlake Shores HOA. In an interview with Channel 10 News of Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Sept. 2019)

HOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   This month: several reports of former HOA employees and treasurers charged and/or convicted in various theft, fraud, and embezzlement schemes. The FBI raids the home of local politician and CEO of a neighborhood association. Shootout erupts as homeowners fight against illegitimate HOA. Former HOA manager, maintenance worker arrested on theft charges Joseph Maselli, a former maintenance worker at 3360 Condominium Association in Palm Beach, Florida, admitted to double-billing Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Aug. 2019)