Embezzlements, Galore!

Fascinating few days of embezzlement news. Two ‘ladies’ in Sevierville, Tennessee, were indicted for embezzling from the Shagbark Homeowners Association. It’s alleged they used the HOA credit card to run up tens of thousands of dollars which will now have to be paid by the homeowners. Their police mug shots make them look a little worried.

For the record: Alice K. Ball and Judy M. Hixon.

(click here for web story)

But the wilder news is from Ventura County, California. Two big HOA embezzlement suspects were arrested there.

Kristin Davis and Melissa Hoff ran the Paradigm Management Group. They were charged with a nearly one million dollar embezzlement from the Big Sky Homeowners Association. When they were caught and fired by an HOA, they allegedly changed the name of their company and did it all over again!

But wait. It gets better.

Turns out these two ladies managed fifty other Homeowners Associations all over Ventura County and Orange County… and many of them are also missing money. At this point, who knows how much dough is involved!

(click here for yet another!)


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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.

1 thought on “Embezzlements, Galore!

  1. Holland Marshall

    Ontario is working towards changing our Condo Act. You can follow links to the government site by checking my Tweets at

    The proposal calls for an arms-length provincial Condo Office to help owners with condo issues.

    Not perfect but may be a model for some states.


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