Article Courtesy of The Alachua
By C. Walker
Published February 24, 2016
ALACHUA – Charges of embezzlement from 11 homeowner associations (HOA) in
Alachua and Gainesville led to combined charges and a conviction of racketeering
for an employee of a Gainesville-based HOA management company.
|Sally Ann Wilson, 53, who lived in High
Springs, and worked for Sun Lu Properties, Inc., will receive a
10-year state prison sentence, minus 379 days for time served,
and additional penalties after being found guilty of
Wilson pled no contest to multiple charges leading to a combined
charge of racketeering after it was found that she used her
affiliation with Sun Lu Properties to embezzle funds from the
HOAs she managed. Judge Stanley Griffis found Wilson guilty
after she entered her plea.
28 the State Attorney's Office notified Alachua’s Meadowglen
Property Owners association that Wilson will receive a 10-year
state prison sentence, minus time served, and additional
penalties after being found guilty.
Other penalties include $250,000 restitution over 20-year probation to HOAs and
20 years supervised probation after serving her 10-year prison sentence.
Although charges were filed against Wilson by representatives of Meadowglen
Property Owners' Association, they were not the first organization to notice
fund deficits. According to earlier comments from Gainesville Police Department
spokesperson Ben Tobias, the original case was first brought to the attention of
authorities by John Hartwell of the University Terrace Gainesville Condominium
Association. By the time the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office started looking
into it, the GPD already had three open cases on the matter.
An earlier report indicated that the total amount of embezzled funds was
approximately $150,000. Initially it was thought that only four HOAs were
involved in Wilson's embezzlement scheme, but additional investigations revealed
a total of 11 HOAs had funds embezzled from them.
In addition to Meadowglen Property Owners in Alachua, University Terrace West,
Millhopper North HOA, University Terrace Gainesville Condominium Association,
Saanvi HOA, Edgemoore Subdivision, Palmetto Villas Condominium, Bartram Woods,
Hampton Ridge HOA, Kanapaha Meadows HOA and Moffy Oaks HOA were also impacted.
Terri Warrington, treasurer of the Meadowglen Property Owners' Association,
first noticed her organization was about $8,000 short after reviewing bank
statements she received on April 8, according to records from Meadowglen. On
April 10, Meadowglen canceled their contract with Sun Lu.
Warrington went to City of Alachua police officer Danny Chalker, who referred
the case to GPD since the alleged crimes were committed in Gainesville. She told
him $7,424 worth of fraudulent checks were made out to Sally Wilson, Kenneth
Grundmann, John Rivers and Danielle Novak, according to a police report from GPD.
From the dates of May 10 to Oct. 15, 2012, there were five checks made out to
Wilson totaling $1,126 from Meadowglen. Warrington said the checks were not
authorized. From May 2012 to March 2013, 13 other checks were written to
Grundmann, Rivers and Novak.
Grundmann admitted Wilson wrote the checks, and he cashed them. Grundmann and
Rivers were both maintenance workers for Sun Lu, said Warrington.
Grundmann pled guilty to another case and was ordered by Judge William Davis to
pay restitution in the amount of $20,080. Prosecutors were unable to find enough
evidence to prosecute Rivers, and Novak was never charged in this case according
to Gary Lloyd, Deputy Chief Investigator, State Attorney's Office.