Well, at least it sounded cool, but I didn’t have the guts to say that to my publisher. I actually did want to hold off for a couple of weeks on my new book, Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowner Association. With all the embezzlements from HOAs, I’ve got a last minute update I’d like to make. I want to slip into Chapter 14 a $1000 challenge: a reward for the reader who can compile a verified list of the largest number of Homeowner Association embezzlements.

It’s really too tragic to be funny. But the latest case involves Kevin Douglas Harris, an HOA officer who pleaded guilty to embezzling money to buy himself some golf equipment. It’s the Hi Hill Village Homeowners Association in Orion Township, Michigan. Perhaps Kevin felt he was working so hard as treasurer, his neighbors sort of owed him a new set of clubs.

This theft was only for 6000 bucks. But still, don’t HOA homeowners get it? It’s too easy! Embezzling from Home Associations is out of control.

So, if my publisher doesn’t beat me to death with a tire iron first, here’s the deal: compile and verify the longest list of HOA embezzlements in any 365 day period. I’m the sole judge. If you win the money, I get to publish your research in my second book!

If we both do our jobs quickly, maybe our golf club embezzler will be able to read both books while he’s still on parole…that is, if he gets sentenced at all.

Ward Lucas
Author of
Neighbors At War: The Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association

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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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