FLORIDA – Condo to state: Prosecute former board members for misspent $1 million
Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach Post
By Tony Doris
Published February 16, 2017
A major West Palm Beach condo association is urging statewide prosecutors to bring charges against former members of its board of directors who, Florida condominium regulators say, misspent more than $1 million of association money.
Dane Leitner, attorney for Whitehall Condominiums of the Villages of Palm Beach Lakes Association Inc., wrote to the Office of the Attorney General Feb. 8, saying association members want criminal charges brought so they can seek restitution for the 20-building, 480-unit complex on Village Boulevard.
As reported Feb. 5 in The Palm Beach Post, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Bureau of Compliance determined that former board members committed “major” civil violations of condo law, giving themselves jobs and salaries, spending association money at casinos and using reserves to cover operating expenses.
“Since 2014, our firm has attempted to inquire about the status of the criminal investigation and help facilitate the investigation with FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) and OAG (Office of the Attorney General), but it does not appear that either department has made substantial progress, nor does it seem to be a priority,” Leitner wrote. Read more: