Current and Former Members of Florida HOA Board Accused of Stealing Millions from Residents
MIAMI, Fl. — Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has announced several charges against current and former board members of a state homeowner’s association.
The defendants are accused of stealing more than $2 million from residents they oversaw and face a combination of theft, fraud, and money laundering charges, Rundle announced during a press conference on Tuesday.
The defendants are identified as Monica Isabel Ghilardi (52), the board’s current president; Myriam Arango Rodgers (76), Yoleidis Lopez Garcia (47), Marglli Gallego (41), and Jose Antionio Gonzalez (45).
All are current or former board members of the Hammocks Community Association, reportedly one of Florida’s largest HOAs. The association oversees more than 40 communities and 6,500 residents in West Kendall.
Prosecutors said that much of the investigation centered around the alleged forging of checks for services that were never provided; instead, the vendors would take the money, launder it, and return it minus a small cut.
Despite the arrests, the investigation remains active and ongoing.
“This case is not closed,” Rundle said.