California – Chris Barna, 33, a former employee of Stockton-based M & C Association Management Services, was arrested last month for embezzling more than $950,000 from his employer, Diablo Grande’s homeowners association. Barna embezzled 342 checks from April 2008 to May 2011, according to the federal indictment. Those included checks to M & C or its parent company, Dallas-based Associa, and from M & C to third parties, prosecutors said. He forged endorsements on certain checks and endorsed them as “deposit only,” prosecutors said. If convicted, Barna faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine for each count. Read the full story here.
Pennsylvania – Sinkholes continue to give the residents of one Ephrata Township development a sinking feeling because it remains unclear who is responsible to deal with them as they arise. Connell O’Brien, representing the Charity Gardens Homeowners Association at the most recent meeting of the Ephrata Township Supervisors, raised questions about what, if anything, the township might do to compel the developer to take financial responsibility for the problem. In the process, however, they found the township may be somewhat limited in what solutions it can offer. Read more about their sinkhole dilemma here.
California – Moreno Valley City Manager Henry Garcia’s most recent city update states that code enforcement and police officers are addressing residents’ concerns about squatting. The report comes about two months after Robin Gilbert, president of the Celebrations Homeowners Association, urged the City Council to take action to stop squatters. Gilbert said that within the past few years, about 60 squatters, including some identified by police as gang members and prostitutes, moved in his east side neighborhood. They took over foreclosures as well as vacant and occupied houses, he said. Do you have squatters? Read the full story here.
Nevada – One homeowner writes, “Our HOA streets are city streets, and for years we have been following the governing documents regarding street parking. Now, we have some people who want to bust the HOA and are insisting that since the streets are city streets we cannot enforce our rules of no-street parking. We have for years enforced these policies. Our CC&Rs direct homeowners not to park on the street. There are exceptions for visitors of 14 days or less, and owners who are cleaning a recreational vehicle or boat. Our architectural standards states that each residence must have three parking spaces and two must be in a two-car garage. For 18 years we have enforced this. What is your view of this problem? See the answer to the question here.