FLORIDA – CAMS and KICKBACKS – ONLY ALL TOO COMMON!
CCFJ.NET: CAMS and KICKBACKS – ONLY ALL TOO COMMON!
Opinion by Jan Bergemann
September 27, 2014
I have over the years seen many attempts to “bribe” CAMs, but none as blatant as this postcard:
This postcard was mailed to a myriad of licensed CAM’s in South Florida, offering them a 10% “KICKBACK” – on the postcard politely called “referral fee.” This attempt to get business by “Old School Plumbing” is clearly aimed at licensed CAMs, tempting them not to give the business to the best offer, but giving it to the company that offers the highest “kickback.” Look at the condition of this offer: “Must be an active LCAM with FL DBPR to participate.” Especially since many CAMs are empowered by contract to hire vendors without prior board approval if the amount of the necessary repair (work) is below a certain dollar amount ($500 or $ 1,000 for example), it’s clearly very tempting for any CAM to call this company and quickly earn a “referral fee” – in reality a kickback. This is just one example for the “kickback” scenario that is going on daily in Florida’s community associations. Read more: