MASSACHUSETTS – Leominster condo owners stuck with big debt as ex-association president, son charged in theft
LEOMINSTER — Last summer, Joe Butkiewicz was doing what he had been doing monthly since he and his wife, Kim, bought a condo at Pickwick Manor in 2007: paying their monthly condominium fees on time.
But this time, condominium manager Judith Remy told Joe Butkiewicz that she would need a $1,000 assessment from each owner because there were insufficient funds to pay National Grid for utilities.
This got the wheels turning for those closest to Remy.
Hector Bedard, an association trustees, said the request drove him to investigate the association’s finances. What he found prompted him and other owners to alert authorities.
Arthur Conrad — who has since become condo manager — and condo trustees Ronald Carroll and Bedard met with officers in August to discuss multiple bank statements from Leominster Credit Union showing a man they identified as Raymond Remy, Judith’s son, allegedly cashing fraudulent checks for years, amounting to more than $100,000, according to a police report. Read more: