HOA manager, 56, ‘stole $25k from residents’ and then ‘used fees to buy herself new windows and pay her mortgage’

A FORMER Homeowners Association manager has been arrested after being suspected of embezzlement.

Stephanie Lopez from Oldsmar, Florida, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.

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Stephanie Lopez was arrested by detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for embezzling money from the HOACredit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Mediterranean Manor HOA manages a condominium complex but Lopez allegedly used HOA money to make improvements to her own home

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Mediterranean Manor HOA manages a condominium complex but Lopez allegedly used HOA money to make improvements to her own homeCredit: Lipply Real Estate

She was the manager of the Mediterranean Manor HOA, which manages a condominium complex of 400 units in Dunedin, its website states.

The 56-year-old has been charged with one count of Scheme to Defraud and another count of Grand Theft, according to a press release by the Sheriff’s Office.

Personnel from the Economic Crimes Unit began investigating Lopez in May 2023 when Harbeck Hospitality, the management company of the HOA, reported her for alleged embezzlement.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, its investigation found that Lopez used money from the HOA to pay her bills, including her mortgage.

“Detectives learned Lopez would utilize Mediterranean Manor’s homeowners association funds to pay her bills, including her mortgage, purchasing new windows for her residence, insurance, cable bills, and Amazon purchases,” the press release states.

“Lopez secretly misappropriated $24,664.88 in Mediterranean Manor’s homeowners association funds.”

Detectives are continuing the investigation.

Following her arrest, Lopez was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and has been released on a surety bond, according to a subject charge report.

The Sheriff’s Office shared Lopez’s booking photo on Facebook along with a brief explanation of her arrest.

Local residents were quick to share their views on her alleged crimes.

My parents lost my childhood home to HOA over a single violation – they got a second fine even when they were kicked out

“Why do these people think they’re just entitled to take what doesn’t belong to them?” one person said.

“Are they that stupid..thinking they won’t get caught?

“Enjoy your new windows with bars..you fool.”

“Hopefully she will be held accountable and get more than a slap on the wrist,” another added.

However, one hit out at the HOA saying that it needs to improve its administration systems to prevent such issues from arising.

“Should have required two or three signatures for each check written,” they said.

“Giving just one employee control leads to problems. Keep it transparent for all folks involved.”

The U.S. Sun has contacted Mediterranean Manor HOA and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for comment.


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