FLORIDA – Ex-official who stole from Tamarac homeowners association gets prison sentence

CCFJ.NET:  Ex-official who stole from Tamarac homeowners association gets prison sentence

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel

By Erika Pesantes    

Published August 20, 2016

A former homeowners association president in Tamarac has been sentenced to prison for embezzling more than $180,000 from her community. 

Court records show that Michelle Changar-Coe, 46, changed her plea to guilty on a grand theft charge and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by 15 years of probation. She also was ordered to pay $192,416 in restitution during a court hearing Tuesday. 

Changar-Coe was president of the Mainlands Section 7 homeowners association from January 2009 through December 2013 and forged signatures on dozens of checks she deposited into her personal bank account, authorities said.

A letter filed in court in January from Maureen Utich, a Mainlands resident, spoke of her wishes for prosecution of the crime and said more than 200 people in her community had suffered from Changar-Coe’s actions.

“She has caused hardship for many of her victims. Families with children, elderly on fixed incomes, laid off and unemployed people struggling to pay their bills,” she wrote. “She stole from all of us.”  Read more:

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