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 …

NY HOA accused of discriminatory marketing of new homes

Homeowners also say board won’t provide access to financial records   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Are sales agents for Woodbury Junction marketing new homes exclusively to Hasidic Jews? In this News 12 Westchester report, some existing homeowners in the private community, located about 50 miles from New York, claim that is exactly …

Associa turns over audit for police investigation of one of its own managers

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Because these incidents are so common in association-governed common interest communities, I usually group multiple reports of HOA fraud and theft into a single post each month. But the case of Sun City Shadow Hills is somewhat unique. As reported in the Desert Sun, management company giant, Associa, …

HOA, Condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (Aug 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Prosecutor: Hasbrouck Heights Property Manager Stole $100G From Condo Group (NJ) Jerry DeMarco Hasbrouck Heights Patch HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ — A borough man has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from a Bergen County condominium association. Raymond Gonzalez, 62, was charged with theft and two counts of …

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 …

HOA, Condo Fraud, Theft, and Corruption Roundup (April 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   HOA defrauded of millions accuses law firm of facilitating scheme (NV) By Jenny Wilson, Las Vegas Review Journal Updated March 28, 2017 - 10:13 pm Forty people were arrested and at least three people killed themselves after federal investigators started bulldozing a construction company owner’s massive election-rigging scheme …

HOA Legislation updates – March 2017 (CO and FL)

by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Colorado Construction Defects debate heats up, but is compromise possible? A new compromise bill has been introduced in the House, in the hopes that Colorado legislators can finally address the state's highly controversial construction defect laws pertaining to common interest, association-governed communities. In past blogs, I have criticized the …

HOA, Condo Fraud, Theft, Embezzlement Roundup (Feb. 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A collection of reports of corruption in common interest, association governed communities. Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs (FL) Published: February 1, 2017 5:38 PM EST WINK News TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took …

Dozens of HOA, Condo bills filed in Hawaii

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Add the Aloha State to the growing list of hotbeds for proposed HOA and Condo regulation. Property owners are fed up with having their money stolen and squandered. They want their HOA boards and managers to be held accountable, but also want to avoid prolonged, costly court battles to …

HOA, Condo, Co-op Embezzlement, Fraud, & Theft Roundup (Jan 2017)

Shared by Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities A monthly roundup of corruption in common interest, association-governed communities Oro Valley homeowners lose thousands of dollars in rental scheme (AZ) Kevin Adger 12/27/2016 3:37 PM ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - She was a person that 30 condo owners trusted to rent out their condo as …