Mafia and the HOA

During a recent TV interview I was challenged by the host when I talked about connections between traditional organized crime and the Homeowners Association movement. The host was great and gave me some latitude to explain.

But next month the entire nation should be riveted by the federal racketeering organized crime trial involving Las Vegas Homeowners Associations and the Mafia. Nobody will pay attention, of course, especially the national media. But the FBI has found that there are very interesting connections between a Mexican drug cartel, corrupt government officials in Mexico who are doing money laundering for the American HOA business, and corrupt cops and lawyers in Las Vegas. This is a huge trial, one of the largest the FBI has ever undertaken. And 36 of 41 organized crime suspects have already pleaded guilty.

Mafia? Homeowners Associations? Exaggeration? Not by much.
Just keep in mind the question, “Who is Joseph Angelo Bravo?” What are his connections to the Mexican drug cartels and the Italian Mafia families in Buffalo, New York and why is he so deeply involved in the Homeowners Association movement in Nevada? Why is this convicted cocaine smuggler the airport manager in Baja, California?

It’s a perfectly written script for a Hollywood movie scandal.
But no matter how much you try, YOU WILL NOT get the American networks’¬†attention. It just not on their radar screens.

I guess that’s why you keep logging in to Neighbors At… to get the real truth.

(link to allegations about drug cartels and HOAs.)



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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 “Mafia and the HOA

  1. Cynthia

    Gosh, I wonder if this could be the problem in some HOAs in Monroe County, Pennsylvania too, and possibly other areas of Pennsylvania and the US?

    Someone needs to legitimately investigate, in every locale this criminality has been reported, or knowingly taken place. Don’t you think?

    The press should be ashamed of themselves if they ignore reporting on this trial and all the alleged, or reported HOA criminality, abuses and property thefts HOA homeowners have been reporting, speaking out about and demanding legislative action on for years! Any, and all, who are involved in the range of HOA crimes, and especially the property thefts, including any attorneys, judicial officials, HOA boards and any other accomplices, should be prosecuted, sentenced and made to repay their victims, no matter where they are in America


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