HOA Ballot Tampering In Pennsylvania

Ah, the peaceful Poconos. As I recall, the old ads used to call it, “A place for lovers.” The ad executives could easily begin calling it, “A place for liars.” But who would guess the amount of rank corruption that gives a special kind of identity to that part of the country?

On the HOA front, two board members of the Wild Acres Community Association are currently charged with ballot tampering, forgery and a number of other crimes.

State Police were listening when the board members discussed mishandling 200 ballots to make sure the ‘correct’ board members were elected.

Yes, we can point to the Poconos and Monroe County, PA as hotbeds of corruption. Sadly, this kind of thing goes on everywhere. This coming October a roomful of prominent lawyers and businessmen will go on trial in Nevada for rigging board elections in a number of Homeowners Associations, and then stealing them blind. If you look closely, you’ll see this kind of corruption in every state that allows Homeowners Associations to exist. By my count that’s about 50, although a past Presidential candidate said there were 57.

In any event, when board members and board members’ wives are the only ones allowed to count the ballots in unaudited elections why wouldn’t you think the entire HOA system is profoundly corrupt?

In at least two states, federal and state police agencies are discovering that the homeowners really aren’t just crying “Wolf!”

(link to ballot tampering in Pocono Record)

 

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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.

4 thoughts on “HOA Ballot Tampering In Pennsylvania

  1. robert

    This coming October a roomful of prominent lawyers and businessmen will go on trial in Nevada for rigging board elections in a number of Homeowners Associations

    Most of the charges in the Nevada case have been for mail and wire fraud, not vote rigging. Why?

    http://privatopia.blogspot.com/2012/06/points-to-be-aware-of-in-hoa-scandal.html

    Monday, June 04, 2012
    Points To Be Aware Of In HOA Scandal

    During the early and mid 2000s, when the scam was operating, it wasn’t specifically illegal to rig an HOA board election. Attorneys say that’s why most of the guilty pleas so far are for wire and mail fraud.

    But in response to the scam, the Legislature has made it a felony to fraudulently alter the results of an HOA election.

    ———-

    How’s that for a lack of oversight? Until recently, it wasn’t a crime in Nevada to rig an HOA election.

    And this was in one of the few states that actively regulated H.O.A. corporations!

    http://privatopia.blogspot.com/2013/02/las-vegas-hoa-corruption-probe-continues.html

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013
    Las Vegas HOA Corruption Probe Continues
    . . .
    Nevada is one of the few states that has any state-level oversight of HOAs and condos. . . .

    However, despite all that Nevada has put in place, the biggest HOA corruption ring ever discovered in the United States was running a gigantic, multi-million dollar fraud operation involving at least 11 associations. . . .

    And it was the US Attorney’s office and the FBI, not state officials, that brought down this empire of corruption.

    So, I have to ask myself what the prospects are for effective regulation of CIDs, if something of this magnitude can happen right under the noses of state officials whose job it was to provide oversight.

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  2. Deborah Goonan

    There are all kinds of ways to rig elections in HOAs. In large HOAs, voting representatives hold all the proxies. In fact, voting representatives can just so happen to be sitting Board members who can vote all the proxies for themselves! How cozy!

    And how are the voting representatives selected? Why, they are recruited by Board members. If there is a ballot election, well, it’s not that difficult to tamper with that process, especially if there is no oversight, no secure process, no counting of ballots at an open meeting.

    An then of course, there is the right of the Board to gerrymander borders of voting districts, of course with absolutely no oversight or possibility of legal challenge.

    Think Banana Republic.

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  3. hoasavers

    You have to wonder why it’s so important to some people that they control an hoa board, and go to any length to stay in control. I would look very closely at that hoa if I lived there. (well, I actually would’ve before this occurred!)

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  4. Melody

    Isn’t this amazing for one part of PA. I guess they did not have the tax collector and the local cop in their neighborhood. The local cop gets to have as boat in his driveway and although i do not see anything wrong with it or object it IS a Town ordinance and against the COVENANTS. Ward isn’t that called selective enforcement? FAT chance of getting the state police in this area to repsond because the local yocals block that. I tried to get the state because they were not attached at the hip (close enough) to all the corruption and special favors. Let’s rewrite the ballots seen it with my own 2 eyes. You can get relief when the relief is in the crooks hands

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