|Former condo manager accused of fraud|
Courtesy of The Charlotte Herald
Published April 7, 2010
CHARLOTTE COUNTY - Investigators arrested a former Port Charlotte condominium manager who is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from residents of a local retirement community.
Stacey Herrin Tuck, 35, of North Port, was charged Sunday with scheme to defraud and grand theft, after an 18-month investigation.
According to authorities, Charlotte Square hired Star Hospitality Management, Inc., as its community association manager, and in 1996, the Punta Gorda-based company put Tuck in charge of all day-to-day operations.
Star Hospitality Management representatives did not return calls seeking comment.
Tuck reportedly managed the maintenance and financial affairs for the entire complex, including access to monthly and annual bank statements.
Detectives said the alleged scheme began in 2006, although it was not noticed for two years.
A former president of the Cambridge House called for an audit in 2006, 2007, and 2008 but was voted down.
Carpenter said the investigation has been technical and exhausting, as many of the residents who filed complaints are snowbirds.
Tuck is being held at the Sarasota County jail on $100,000 bond. She will be extradited to Charlotte County.
More charges are pending.