Why Do HOAs Keep Electing Losers?

The Windemere Condo Association in Will County, Illinois is facing a big embezzlement. At last count they were missing about $150,000.
The suspect? The guy now under arrest and facing charges of embezzlement? Oh, he was just the Condo Association’s president.

A Grand Jury says Bob Dorosz has been stealing since January of 2007.
One last thing: The police report on his arrest says his home address is….. homeless.

Of course. It all makes sense.

(link to story on embezzlement arrest)


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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.

3 thoughts on “Why Do HOAs Keep Electing Losers?

  1. Nila Ridings

    Let’s see…what is that HOA commandment? Oh yes, Thou shalt not steal except from your neighbors!

    Homeless? He stole enough to have paid off his mortgage didn’t he?

    This should be a lesson to all of us HOA homeowners. If a guy can steal $150,000 from us and still end up homeless he obviously never should have been the board president! The president in my HOA ended up homeless, too after we realized TEN MILLION DOLLARS was unaccounted for. Well homeless, unless you call a wooden box six feet under ground a home.

  2. Deborah Goonan

    What election? Sometimes the Developer controls the Board for over a decade. And even if the developer is gone, what about the Board that never holds elections? Or the countless communities that have no volunteers willing to serve?


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