Busy Beavers in Colorado High Country

A lot of areas in the Rocky Mountains have problems with beavers gnawing trees. But this state has a much bigger problem with humans who are busy as beavers gnawing away at large sums of money that belong to their neighbors. The story linked below contains an interesting line: “…it’s just the latest in a series of extraordinary embezzlement cases throughout the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and Lake counties.”

imagesIt’s sad to think about, but these areas include some pretty ritzy communities with million dollar vacation homes. It must be that people put in a position of trust handling large sums of money just somehow think they’re entitled. Why shouldn’t rich people just allow us to wander through their bank accounts at will? What right do they have to complain?

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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.

1 thought on “Busy Beavers in Colorado High Country

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Hmmm. Because the latest arrest involves an employee of Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, perphaps there should also be an audit of recorded documents, especially deeds. Makes you wonder if there are other discrepancies.

    I love the quote that refers to jail time for “stealing from your employer.” Does that include volunteer Board members who have been caught embezzling, or just hired managers?


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