Was This Embezzler Reading My Book?

A newly elected HOA treasurer in Georgia allegedly siphoned 43,000 bucks out of the checking account of his Homeowners Association. At some point he must have panicked and he started slamming money back into the account 10,000 dollars at a time!

I can just picture him picking up a copy of Neighbors At War at the airport bookshop, reading it on the plane, and then scrambling to pay back the money before he was accused of a felony.

Too late.

Even if you pay it back it’s still felony theft. Of course, he’s innocent until proven guilty.

(click here for Fox Atlanta story)


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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.

2 thoughts on “Was This Embezzler Reading My Book?

  1. Nila Ridings

    This was a novel idea I had not heard of yet. Instead of going to the bank for a loan, and paying interest like the rest of us poor HOA sufferers…this one jumps at the chance to be the board treasurer and takes advantage of the interest-free financing at the local HOA. Next.

  2. Dave Russell

    This guy is nothing short of a bank robber. You can’t just “return” the money and all is forgiven. No doubt he will get a slap on the wrist and HOA probation. It’s a shame he didn’t read Neighbors at War before he siphoned the 43K. The judge should bar him from ever becoming a board member in any HOA!


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