Well, at least it sounded cool, but I didn’t have the guts to say that to my publisher. I actually did want to hold off for a couple of weeks on my new book, Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowner Association. With all the embezzlements from HOAs, I’ve got a last minute update I’d like to make. I want to slip into Chapter 14 a $1000 challenge: a reward for the reader who can compile a verified list of the largest number of Homeowner Association embezzlements.
It’s really too tragic to be funny. But the latest case involves Kevin Douglas Harris, an HOA officer who pleaded guilty to embezzling money to buy himself some golf equipment. It’s the Hi Hill Village Homeowners Association in Orion Township, Michigan. Perhaps Kevin felt he was working so hard as treasurer, his neighbors sort of owed him a new set of clubs.
This theft was only for 6000 bucks. But still, don’t HOA homeowners get it? It’s too easy! Embezzling from Home Associations is out of control.
So, if my publisher doesn’t beat me to death with a tire iron first, here’s the deal: compile and verify the longest list of HOA embezzlements in any 365 day period. I’m the sole judge. If you win the money, I get to publish your research in my second book!
If we both do our jobs quickly, maybe our golf club embezzler will be able to read both books while he’s still on parole…that is, if he gets sentenced at all.