Well, heck, I’ll take a shot at linking it to the national HOA disgrace. One of the most unreported felonies in the country, of course, is embezzlement from Homeowners Associations.
But (and here’s my lame attempt at making the subject faintly relevant), did you know that birds can be as crooked as the bird-brains who manage Homeowners Associations?
Yup, the owner of a car wash in New Brunswick, Canada thought his employees were stealing money from one of his car wash machines, so he set up a hidden camera to catch the thief. And here you see the results:
Ah, it’s so good when you see member of the real estate industry who finally discovers that all is not good in HOA Amerika! I hope he continues his research. He’s going to be stunned!
(link to Clark Howard News)
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Ever heard of Keizer? It’s a small community next to Interstate 5 in Central Oregon. And homeowners in the McNary Estates Homeowners Association are about to end up in a giant bloodbath because of stupid HOA leaders. And I mean Stoopid, with a capital ‘S.’
How many times do we hear of HOAs breaking state and federal law protecting handicapped people? You can’t discriminate against them. It’s blatantly illegal and it’s almost an automatic jury verdict of millions. Now, with the mistreatment of the family of a disabled girl, the family has filed a lawsuit. This HOA essentially chased this tragic family out.
With all the tens of billions of dollars being embezzled from homeowners and Homeowners Associations across the country, you’d think sending a crook to prison wouldn’t be that unusual a news story. Sadly, stories like the one linked below are pretty rare.
An embezzler in Utah who operates in a number of states has been sentenced by a federal judge in Nevada to three years in prison. Oh yes, he has to make four million dollars in restitution. At least those are the terms of his plea bargain. What? He stole all those millions and has no way to pay it back? Then why isn’t he in prison for life?
You all know how I despise HOA corruption. Actually, that’s superfluous. HOA and corruption are pretty much interchangeable. “You got corrupted?” “You got HOA’d?” See what I mean?
But a federal judge has just ruled that sticky-fingered lien-flingers can’t assume a superior position when trying to screw a homeowner and his mortgage company over some tiny violation of CC&Rs. The only problem is that without all those illicit profits, your HOA will just have to raise your dues. Or file lots more lawsuits.
Keep your grass trimmed! Don’t let an overnight guest park his car on your driveway! And by golly, don’t display the American flag!
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