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HOA Manager Accused Of Theft

HOA Manager accused of theft

As a member of a Home Owner Association (HOA), you expect your HOA dues to be used for the betterment of the community. You also expect the HOA board and HOA manager to be transparent in their actions and finances. You don’t, however, expect those funds to be embezzled or the HOA manager to be accused of theft.

Sadly, that’s exactly what happened in Tampa, Florida, where HOA manager Jamie Fonville is accused of theft, stealing nearly $230,000 from three different HOAs.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Fonville used her position as an account manager at First Choice Association Management to issue checks on behalf of 58 different HOAs. She then deposited those checks into her own personal bank account and used the funds for personal expenses, including Buccaneers game tickets and groceries.

Fonville has been arrested and charged with three counts of felony scheme to defraud, but investigators believe there could be more victims.

Pinellas County Jarrests HOA manager accused of theft

What is a Felony Scheme to Defraud?

In Florida, the “Scheme to Defraud” law prohibits any sort of financial fraud, including through the internet, mail, wire, phone, or other media. In this case, Fonville is accused of using her position as HOA account manager to manufacture fraudulent checks and depositing them into her own bank account.

Although felony investigations may take some time, if you have been a victim of HOA fraud, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can often help consumers recover the funds that were stolen from them and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

What Happens Now?

According to News Channel 8, the investigation into the HOA theft has been underway since February. Fonville was released on a $500 bond and is currently awaiting trial. She could face years in prison for each felony count if convicted. This is a developing story and we will update this blog as more information becomes available. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

If you suspect your HOA dues have been mishandled, contact your HOA board or management company immediately. You can also contact an HOA attorney to discuss your legal options.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice.

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Led by attorneys Michael D. Finn and J. Andrew Meyer with over 75 years of experience, the Finn Law Group is a consumer protection firm based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers who have been victimized by fraud, negligence, and other unfair business practices. Visit our website or contact us at 727-214-0700 for a free consultation.

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