HOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (July 2017)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Fort Collins accountant pleads guilty to theft (CO) Sarah Jane Kyle , sarahkyle@coloradoan.com Published 4:38 p.m. MT June 26, 2017 A Fort Collins accountant accused of stealing from two of her clients took plea deals in two criminal cases against her Monday. Meredith Kanter, also known as Molly Hoff, appeared before Eighth Judicial District Judge Devin Odell Monday on 15 felony charges in two cases alleging she stole Continue ReadingHOA, condo, co-op corruption, fraud, theft roundup (July 2017)

Respect for HOA, condo association managers?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities (IAC) In March, Community Associations Institute (CAI), a trade group for managers, attorneys, and other professionals servicing Association Governed Housing developments, published four white paper reports on the future of the industry. I’ve already reviewed several of these reports (see below for links, in case you missed them). This week, I’ll comment on the Community Management Report. No respect? The overall impression is that, according to the CAI panel, Continue ReadingRespect for HOA, condo association managers?

Court documents will be unsealed in NV HOA fraud investigation

Posted by Deborah Goonan Kudos to the Nevada Review Journal for fighting for the public’s right to know exactly what happened in the largest HOA criminal corruption ring ever investigated. Jeff German at the News Journal has been on top of this story for nearly 8 years. You can read about the court victory here. JUDGE GRANTS NEWSPAPER’S MOTION TO UNSEAL HOA PROBE DOCUMENTS  Article Courtesy of The Las Vegas Review-Journal, By Jeff German, Published August 16, 2015 Via Continue ReadingCourt documents will be unsealed in NV HOA fraud investigation

Is anyone keeping track of HOA Embezzlements?

By Deborah Goonan Just about every week I read about another case of embezzlement or fraud in a homeowners or condo association. In the last couple of weeks, for example: a condo Treasurer from Wisconsin has been charged with diverting $25,000 from the HOA account a Pennsylvania woman, the daughther of a developer, faces charges of allegedly stealing $70,000 from the HOA they built and managed over several years, a property manager allegedly took $228,000 from Continue ReadingIs anyone keeping track of HOA Embezzlements?