More than three million pages of investigative information have been given under discovery to defense attorneys of Leon Benzer, the Las Vegas club owner and businessman accused of masterminding one of the largest HOA scams in history. The long running FBI and U.S. Attorney investigation uncovered dozens of lawyers, police officials, business owners and HOA management companies also involved in the scam.
Federal investigators say the suspects rigged elections in Homeowners Associations, putting their own associates in control of the HOA boards. Some of those faux board members were not even residents of the communities where they were ‘elected’. Those rigged boards then diverted tens of millions of dollars of insurance reimbursements into the pockets of Benzer and the other defendants.
One of the victims of the takeover scheme was the Vistana Homeowners Association. In a separate filing, attorneys for Vistana are asking a federal judge to allow it access to the Benzer documents.
At one point in the federal investigation, more than a hundred Nevada Homeowners Associations, primarily in Las Vegas were targeted by the feds.
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