FLORIDA – No charges in HOA dispute
Expect no criminal charges in the case of an Ocala property management firm being investigated by the state over allegations it spent homeowners association money in violation of state law and improperly conducted association meetings.
Assistant State Attorney Mark Simpson said members of a homeowners’ coalition whose members filed complaints with the state against Property Management Consultants Inc. and its principals had their best opportunity to pursue criminal charges in the matter several years ago.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently issued a final order adopting a “settlement stipulation” in the case signed by agency officials and the attorney for the defendants, who include Property Management Consultants Inc., Deborah Herren and S. Wesley Herren.
The final order documents, signed by Deborah Herren; Russell W. LaPeer, the attorney representing PMC and the Herrens; and Joshua Kendrick, assistant general counsel, on behalf of DBPR, center on:
An allegation that after John Zacco, developer of Hardwood Trails, paid, under court order, $17,350 in property association fees and assessments to be allowed to vote in the association’s annual meeting in 2009, Wesley Herren wrote Zacco’s company, JP & Sons Development Co. LLC, a check for that precise amount from the Hardwood Trails Property Owners Association. Read more: