FLORIDA – Miami-Dade lawmakers want criminal penalties for fraud and abuse by condo directors

CCFJ.NET:  Miami-Dade lawmakers want criminal penalties for fraud and abuse by condo directors

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald
By Brenda Medina and Erika Carrillo

Published March 13, 2017

After decades of struggling against a condo regulatory system that experts say perpetuates impunity and makes it easy to commit fraud, thousands of condominium owners in Florida may finally see substantial changes in state laws

Earlier this month, state senators and representatives from Miami-Dade filed a bill that includes 21 reforms to Chapter 718 of the Florida statutes. The reforms seek to correct gaps in the laws and establish criminal penalties for some irregularities in the administration of condos.

The plan classifies falsification of documents, an offense that now carries no legal consequences, as a third degree felony and sets prison terms. It also criminalizes electoral fraud, such as the falsification of signatures on ballots for condo boards of directors, and refusing access to administrative records with the intent to cover up crimes.  Read more:

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