FLORIDA – Residents: North Bay Village condo has gone criminal

Local10.com:  Residents: North Bay Village condo has gone criminal
Bob Norman, Reporter
March 5, 2015
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. – The Kennedy House condominium is located on Biscayne Bay in North Bay Village, but many of its residents said the way things are going it doesn’t feel like it’s in America at all.”It’s like we’re in a banana republic,” said resident Lynn Ragusa.

Residents said there has been unchecked crime at the condo that starts at the top with condo manager Rachel Badilla, who was charged in August with stealing $4,500 from the condo association after forging the names of board members on a check.

Despite the fact that she faces criminal prosecution on the allegations she stole from the Kennedy House, she has been allowed to keep her position running the association and overseeing its $1.2 million budget. Residents said they learned the association even posted the $5,000 bond to bail her out of jail.

Former board treasurer Sigrid Nilssen, a witness in the case, said she’s disgusted that the association’s current leadership is keeping Badilla in charge of the Kennedy House.

“A woman who has been charged with two felonies, how can you explain that?” asked Nilssen.

Nilssen said she was forced off the board after she began asking questions about financial irregularities. She notes that the Kennedy House also has Robert Dugger on the payroll as a consultant.

Dugger is a former North Bay Village commissioner who was removed from office by former Gov. Jeb Bush after he was charged criminally in a corruption case and was ultimately convicted of two misdemeanor charges. Read more:

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