HOA, condo, & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (March 2018)*

Arrest handcuff fraud theft

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Former Woodstock condo treasurer accused of embezzling $137,000 By John Penney, The Bulletin 225 jpenney@norwichbulletin.com, (860) 857-6965 Posted Mar 23, 2018 at 9:37 AM Updated Mar 23, 2018 at 9:38 AM WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man is accused of embezzling more than $130,000 while serving as the treasurer of a condominium association, state police said. Derek Jette, 37, of 81 Underwood Road, was charged on Thursday with first-degree Continue ReadingHOA, condo, & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (March 2018)*

Homeowners’ lawsuit against Poinciana HOA to move forward

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   After nearly 2 years and three previous attempts to file a lawsuit against their HOA, one that Polk County Court will accept, 3 Poinciana homeowners can finally begin to prepare their case. Their goal is to remove Poinciana’s developer from control of the Association of Poinciana Villages (APV). APV is the master association of one of the largest HOAs in the U.S., consisting of 9 separate Village HOAs with Continue ReadingHomeowners’ lawsuit against Poinciana HOA to move forward

Former Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Nearly a year has passed since State Senator C. Anthony Muse called for an investigation into alleged mismanagement of funds at Lynnhill Condominiums. Last fall, residents were abruptly forced to find alternate housing after Pepco and Washington Gas Light Company shut off utilities to the housing complex. No word from Maryland Attorney General’s (AG) office with regard to condo association mismanagement or misconduct, but the AG did order Pepco Continue ReadingFormer Lynnhill residents awarded $100K from utility companies for abrupt shutoff

HOA, condo, co-op Corruption, fraud, theft roundup (June 2017)

As summer heats up, so do nationwide investigations of financial crimes involving homeowners and condominium associations across the U.S.   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Former HOA treasurer facing 8 counts of felony embezzlement (OK) POSTED 1:16 PM, MAY 31, 2017, BY SARAH STEWART, UPDATED AT 05:16PM, MAY 31, 2017 KFOR Newschannel 4 Former HOA treasurer charged with 8 counts of felony embezzlement OKLAHOMA CITY – As summer break begins at the Summit Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op Corruption, fraud, theft roundup (June 2017)