CondoWatch.org’s 2014 Crime Log

Dec 2014 Waltham, MA
“Waltham woman pleads guilty to embezzling $350K from condo complex
http://waltham.wickedlocal.com/article/20141219/NEWS/141216136
“A Waltham woman admitted over the summer to embezzling about $350,000 from a condominium complex, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.”

Dec 2014 Keystone, CO
“Keystone HOA’s financial admin charged with embezzlement”
http://www.summitdaily.com/news/14114410-113/polich-association-money-affidavit
“. . .  an external audit last month revealed that $160,000 in Treasury bills was missing from the HOA’s surplus funds. . . .”

Oct 2014 Torrington, CT
Ex-treasurer accused of stealing $87,000 from Torrington homeowner’s association
http://www.registercitizen.com/general-news/20141009/ex-treasurer-accused-of-stealing-87000-from-torrington-homeowners-association
“A former president and treasurer of a local homeowner’s association is facing felony larceny charges after the organization said he stole more than $85,000 from their bank account.”

Sep 2014 South Florida
“New Case of Theft, Fraud by a South Florida Homeowners Association President
http://www.floridahoalawyerblog.com/2014/09/new-case-of-theft-fraud-by-a-s.html

Sep 2014
“EMBEZZLEMENT LEADS TO BANKING FRUSTRATION” – Fraud Magazine
http://www.fraud-magazine.com/article.aspx?id=4294985046&terms=condo%20fraud
” . . . recent case  . . . The property manager usually attended the regular board of directors’ meeting over the course of two years. However, she surprised everyone when she abruptly resigned and told board members that she’d embezzled all of the association’s funds.”

Aug 2014 Scottsdale, AZ
“Scottsdale HOA sues property management company” ” . . . accused of embezzling more than $3.4 million”
http://www.kpho.com/story/26286023/scottsdale-hoa-sues-property-management-company
“Their property management company is accused of embezzling more than $3.4 million.”

Aug 2014 Tamarac, Fl
“Tamarac HOA president charged with forging checks”
http://www.local10.com/news/tamarac-hoa-president-charged-with-forging-checks/27481160
About $200,000 stolen from residents of Mainlands home community”

Jul 2014 Severn, MD
“Community leader convicted of theft from Severn condo association”
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-07-10/news/bs-md-ar-community-conviction-20140710_1_community-association-theft-scheme-community-service
“An Anne Arundel County woman once honored for her activism pleaded guilty Thursday to misusing nearly $74,000 of her community association’s money.”

Jul 2014 West Palm Beach, Florida
“Ex-condo association president, 82, arrested on embezzlement charges in West Palm Beach”
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/former-condo-assn-president-82-arrested-on-embezzl/ngdhQ/
“A former condominium association president was arrested Thursday and charged with allegedly embezzling about $22,500 in association funds to pay for a long-distance affair.”

Jun 2014 Rockland County, NY
“Former Bon Aire treasurer indicted for allegedly pilfering $81K from condo fund
http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2014/06/03/former-bon-aire-treasurer-indicted-for-allegedly-pilfering-81k-from-condo-fund/

Jun 2014 Hampton Beach, NH
“Former condo president guilty of mail fraud”
http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20140624/News/406240385
“A former Hampton Beach condominium president pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Concord to one count of mail fraud for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his condo association. . . .”

May 2014 Westport, CT
“Milford Resident Admits Embezzling From Ct Condo Associations”
http://www.ctcondonews.com/2014/05/18/milford-resident-admits-embezzling-from-ct-condo-associations/
“Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DAVID LIPTAK, 49, . . . pleaded guilty today. . . .  to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. . . . LIPTAK was employed by Consolidated Management Group (“CMG”) of Westport. . . . approximately June 2008 to March 2012, LIPTAK embezzled approximately $108,000 from CMG.

April 2014 Clearwater, FL
“Former Clearwater condo association president sentenced on theft, fraud charges”
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/former-clearwater-condo-association-president-sentenced-on-theft-fraud/2172985
“The former president of a Clearwater condominium association has pleaded guilty to grand theft and fraud charges and has been sentenced to two years in prison.
Barbara Lockett, 52, a real estate broker, convinced an investor to put money into Mission Hills Condominiums. But police said at the time of her arrest that she swindled nearly $300,000 by trying to sell condos that were in foreclosure or off the market.”

Feb 2014 Worcester, MA
“Condo trustee charged with embezzling nearly $15K from Mill Hill Condo Association in Worcester”
http://www.masslive.com/news/worcester/index.ssf/2014/02/condo_trustee_charged_with_emb.html
“Condo trustee Aaron Church has been charged with embezzling nearly $15,000 from the Mill Hill Condominium Association.”

Jan 2014 Texas
“Condo Manager Sentenced for Embezzlement”
http://www.texomashomepage.com/story/condo-manager-sentenced-for-embezzling/d/story/21g3MC2o1EOKEw-kh5nVJQ
“A former building manager for a local condominium is sentenced for embezzling tens of thousands of dollars of homeowner association funds.
Benny Hopkins was found guilty of theft of property over 20- thousand- dollarsHe’s sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and will also have to pay more than 63- thousand- dollars in restitution. . . . “

Jan 2014 Hallandale, FL
“Former Hallandale condo manager gets 10-year sentence in kickback scheme”
http://www.abouthoas.org/?p=2858
” . . . sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for participating in a kickback scheme that fleeced unit owners out of more than $3 million.”

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