HOA, condo & co-op corruption and fraud roundup (Nov 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities The November 2018 roundup includes reports of HOA corruption from embezzlement to wire transfer fraud to money laundering. Orange Sheriff’s Office investigating reported $400K embezzlement from Lake of the Woods Association (VA) By Allison Brophy Champion Culpepper Star-Exponent Nov 27, 2018 The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the …

HOA, condo, & coop corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Oct. 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities HOA corruption and fraud takes many forms. This month’s roundup features several elaborate schemes, and plenty of dirty tricks. Authorities: Foreclosure lawyer Mark Stopa made nearly $5 million off clients’ homes Susan Taylor Martin, Tampa Bay Times Published: September 28, 2018 Updated: September 29, 2018 at 10:09 PM During …

HOA, condo & co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Sept. 2018)

HOA, condo, housing coop reports of alleged fraud, conflicts of interest, theft by managers, board Treasurers and Presidents

HOA, condo & co-op corruption, fraud & theft roundup (Aug. 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Lawsuit filed in condo association theft case By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Sunday, August 19, 2018, 12:05 a.m. HILO — A Hilo condominium owners’ association is suing a former vice chairman of the state Real Estate Commission and his wife for allegedly embezzling about $120,000 in funds. …

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

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Debit card fraud, mortgage fraud, and common jewelry theft on this month’s roundup. McKenzie County HOA president accused of embezzling $30K (ND) By Jamie Kelly editor@willistonherald.com Jul 25, 2018 Police say the president of a McKenzie County homeowners association embezzled nearly $30,000 from the association. Russell Winchester, 55, was …

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

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month: several managers, former board members of association-governed communities either arrested or sentenced; mortgage fraud investigation continues in Florida; a developer and hotel owner is sued by owners of condo association for raising fees by 150%; environmental fraud in Massachusetts results in light sentence   Sentencing delayed for …

HOA, condo, Co-op fraud, theft, & corruption roundup (May 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Real estate fraud schemes in the world of association-governed communities.   Former HOA treasurer gets jail time in theft By Kim Smith ksmith@gvnews.com May 24, 2018 A former HOA treasurer was sentenced Thursday to seven years' probation and six months in jail for stealing more than $203,000.   …

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

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 …

HOA, condo, co-op corruption, theft, & fraud roundup (Jan. 2018)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Light-fingered homeowners' group prez gets 5 years' probation, must repay $300K Updated Jan 19, 8:15 PM; Posted Jan 19, 4:43 PM By Frank Donnelly fdonnelly@siadvance.com Danny Juliano, who embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Rossville homeowners' association while president was sentenced to five years' probation and $300,000 …

HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, & theft roundup (Dec. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities This month’s roundup includes not only arrests and/or convictions of former association managers and board members, but also a conviction resulting from massive mortgage fraud.  Also, an interesting video explaining “red collar crime,” violent retaliation meant to silence whistleblowers.  State Attorney: Bryceville woman guilty of stealing $1.5 million from …