Yes, I know it’s wearying. But homeowners across the country just don’t realize how vulnerable their unregulated, uninspected, unwatched board members are to temptation. Egads! Give an ignorant board officer or property manager control over several million dollars in HOA funds….tell him or her that nobody’s watching, nobody’s prosecuting. Of course they’re going to steal! They will! In fact, they’ll steal more and more as long as they think they’re getting away with it. Obviously, I’m exaggerating, but not by much!
The latest embezzlement apparently involves hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
LOL! As I recall, this neighborhood had a very shady reputation right from the beginning. Some very suspicious characters (former Florida swampland salesmen) bought up tens of thousands of acres back in the 50s and 60s for pennies an acre. It was absolutely dry, worthless desert land. They advertised on the radio and in TV Guide, “Buy a five acre ranchette in Paradise for just 199 dollars. Know how I remember? My own parents bought a parcel . In fact, it’s still in the family’s estate if anyone wants to buy it….cheap!
Anyway, decades later people actually started building houses, and Intel set up a big computer operation there to take advantage of the cheap labor. So fifty years later there’s actually a development….and a Homeowners Association. An Association that’s now complaining because some swine embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from the HOA bank account.
Life goes on.