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HOA Corruption Involves Police

By Jeff German Retired Las Vegas police Capt. Frank Sutton has struck a deal to plead guilty in the high-profile federal investigation of Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations.  The investigation has focused on a massive fraud scheme to stack associations with board members who would steer legal, community management and construction defect contracts to favored firms.  Sutton is the last of three retired Las Vegas police officers linked to the investigation to face charges. A fourth former officer killed himself early in the four-year investigation. –> Read Complete Story Here

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Las Vegas HOA Principals Hit With Civil Suit

By Steve Green Key figures in the Las Vegas-area homeowner association criminal investigation have now been hit with a class-action civil lawsuit. The suit, filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court, says attorney Nancy Quon and others conspired to rig HOA board elections with ”straw” home buyers who would help funnel legal and repair work stemming from developments’ construction defects to Quon and construction companies allegedly involved in the shceme. While HOAs are sometimes sued over various issues, this appears to be the first civil class-action lawsuit against Quon and the HOAs over the allegedly rigged HOA elections and defect … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Homeowner Association Conspiracy

By Nick Divito LAS VEGAS – Homeowners’ associations conspired to use straw purchasers to wrest control of their boards of directors, and hired attorneys “who were also part of the conspiracy” to file construction-defect lawsuits in which co-conspirator contractors made inadequate repairs, a class action claims in Clark County Court. “Once the lawsuits were brought, defendants conspired to pay construction contractors to make superficial repairs that did not address the real underlying defects in the buildings,” according to the complaint. Lead plaintiff Kimberly Karol sued 11 people, at least one contractor, eight named HOAs, and other Roe HOA’s, property management … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Clark County Prosecutor Fired

By Jeff German Victoria Villegas, a veteran Clark County prosecutor under federal scrutiny, has been fired. “She’s no longer with our office,” District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Friday. Wolfson would not confirm whether the longtime chief deputy district attorney was terminated, but he said her last day in the office was Tuesday. Wolfson declined to discuss the reasons for her departure, and her lawyer, Adam Levine, declined comment. But sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed that Villegas had been fired. Villegas, 51, once in the running to become Nevada’s U.S. attorney, has attracted the attention of Justice Department attorneys … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Nevada Prosecuters Work on HOA Plea Deals

By Jeff German Federal prosecutors are pressing ahead with a new round of plea deals in the far-reaching investigation into the unlawful takeover of Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations. This time, prosecutors intend to name close to 20 new defendants in one charging document in federal court within the coming weeks. Sentencings of the 10 defendants who previously have struck plea agreements to cooperate in the investigation have been delayed into the summer and beyond, as prosecutors build a foundation to obtain indictments against higher-level players in the massive conspiracy. –> Read Complete Story Here

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Homeowner Association Corrupt Board Management?

By J. Patrick Coolican This story begins late last year, a few days after I wrote a column warning readers to pay attention to the actions of their homeowners association because they can be manipulated by unscrupulous board members and property managers or overrun by incompetence. With significant maintenance costs coming and years of revenue shortfalls from the foreclosure crisis, many HOAs face dark days ahead. Casablanca is mired in a bitter battle for control of the board, with some residents complaining of financial mismanagement and petty corruption. The dissidents say board President Mary Ann Berry hired an unlicensed contractor … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Condo Owners Receive $5.2 Million Settlement

Owners of residences at a condominium building adjacent to Candlestick Park have recouped $5.2 million for serious construction defects, after emergency shoring was conducted in the interior common walkways. The 64-unit building at the St. Francis Bay — One Hundred One Crescent Way Homeowners Association reached a settlement in mediation after only 20 months from the date of the filing of the complaint in Superior Court. The recovery is being funded by insurance companies for the builder, general contractor and subcontractors. “More builders today are facing complaints of shoddy construction,” said attorney Thomas E. Miller of The Miller Law Firm. … Click Here For Entire Entry

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Nevada HOA Investigation Gets Hotter

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Accused Of Stealing $17K From HOA

By Alexis Stevens Douglas Gilpatrick Tulper, of Kennesaw, allegedly took $17,799.82 from December 2009 until June 2011 while he served as treasurer of the Legacy Park Men’s Club, according to an arrest warrant obtained by the AJC. The men’s club is a part of the Legacy Park Community Association, located in Kennesaw. Tulper allegedly paid personal credit card bills with the men’s club account, the warrant states. He also allegedly wrote 14 checks from the account made payable to “cash,” according to police. The checks, which Tulper allegedly signed, totaled $10,080.01, according to the warrant. –> Read Complete Story Here

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