FLORIDA – $400K reportedly embezzled from PCB condominium

CCFJ.Net:  $400K reportedly embezzled from PCB condominium

Article Courtesy of  My Panhandle
By Karla Tucker 
 Published February 4, 2020

  PANAMA CITY BEACH — A Panama City Beach woman is facing multiple charges after deputies say she embezzled more than $400,000 dollars from a Horizon South Condominiums Homeowners Association.

Cynthia Hayes, 55, reportedly stole the money while working as a bookkeeper for the resort.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation at the beginning of 2019 after reports from several homeowner association members, deputies say.

News 13 spoke with Sergeant Stephen Rhinehart on Friday morning about the investigation he says that dates back to 2012 or 2013.

He says Hayes was terminated from her position after the investigation started.

“From that point on, they had a forensic audit conducted on all their accounts because the homeowners association is a whole giant entity and then it’s got a lot of small entities inside of so they had to go through everything throughout the entire HOA bank accounts to figure out exactly what was going on,” Rhinehart said.

Rhinehart says the search had to be extra thorough due to the level of access Hayes had.“She was the bookkeeper and had access to all the funds, dozens of bank accounts involved so she had taken out credit cards, she had taken out loans, moved money from accounts in people’s names.”While the amount of money reportedly stolen was significant, Rhinehart says Hayes used it for day to day expenses.  Read more:


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