guest blog by Nila Ridings
My title might have been the reaction back in the 1960’s. Since then HOAs and COAs have come a long way in the development of dishonest business practices, deception, and embezzlement.
$81K was all they could charge the COA treasurer, Kostantina Gardner with stealing. But they are sure it’s more than that. Folks, I promise you it’s more…probably a whole lot more!
If not for the water bills being $55K in arrears this might have gone on for another twenty years. Clifford Albertson has been the board president since dirt was invented and he trusted this well-liked treasurer.
I have some questions for Clifford:
1) How did she get an ATM card on the BonAire Condominium One Complex bank account?
This should have been established long ago that no one could walk in and acquire an ATM card!
2) Why was the board not reviewing the water bills?
(a) And the other utility bills?
(b) And most of all the bank statements?!?!?
Folks, we must change the way we think!
We lock the car door when we get out. We bolt the house shut, turn on the alarm, and illuminate the exterior. We take steps to avoid being caught up in identity theft. We teach our children about “stranger danger.” We place lanyards on the elderly for a medical alert. We dance in circles and jump up and down warning our daughters about “date rape” drugs. We cross the street and walk faster with our pepper spray ready when we see a teenager in a “hoodie.”
Yes, we do it ALL to protect ourselves YET we totally trust the people we should be the most suspicious of….the HOA board and the property managers! STOP IT! Stop trusting these people. They know you trust them by not paying attention and never asking any questions. Stop giving them the freedom to steal, deceive, lie, and destroy your bank account and property values!
Think about it…If just one member of this condo association had asked to see the water bill or the bank statement this thief could have been caught long ago!
Remember: the word TRUST and HOAs or COAs or property managers should never be used in the same sentence!