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)*

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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 what’s happening. They say they have been aggressively approached by home buyers, hoping to convince them to sell their homes. Continue ReadingNY HOA accused of discriminatory marketing of new homes

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, is engaging in damage control by investigating one of its own employees. An internal audit uncovered financial discrepancies, resulting in Continue ReadingAssocia turns over audit for police investigation of one of its own managers

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 forgery, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced Wednesday. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office received a complaint in March 2016 Continue ReadingHOA, Condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (Aug 2017)