Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach
By Tony Doris
Published January 6, 2017
WEST PALM BEACH -- The bookkeeper for a suburban West Palm
Beach homeowners association has been arrested for allegedly using nearly
$95,000 of the association’s money for personal expenses from a $2,138 diamond
ring to an $804 purse.
Kristine K. Moore, 36, of
West Palm Beach, was charged Dec. 29 with larceny and fraud in
the disappearance of $94,674 from the master homeowners
association of Cypress Lakes, a 1,000-home, 55-plus community
off Haverhill Road, just north of Century Village. She was
released on $20,000 bond the next day.
According to a police affidavit, in April 2014, the
association’s property manager reviewed the association’s credit
card bills and called police after discovering about $10,700 in
charges for personal purchases between November 2013 and March
2014. A further review indicated much larger losses, not just
from association credit cards but in missing cash deposits that
homeowners had made.
The dozens of credit card purchases included nearly $3,000
spent at electronics store Best Buy, $8,000 at Walmart and Walmart.com, and
thousands more from such places as Springhill Suites, Supercuts, Sprint
Wireless, Publix, K Star Diamond & Jewelry and Victoria’s Secret. There was
perfume, an engagement ring, air freshener, hotel bills from Hampton Inn and
Best Western, a cell phone and 46 cell phone cases and Louis Vuitton purse.
Merrill Gottlieb, president of the homeowners association, said Wednesday that
Moore worked in the community for nearly six years. She was earning about
$44,000 a year, the police report said.
A preliminary accounting review by the association indicated Moore had been
using its money for personal expenditures since 2011 and doctored the books to
make it appear all was well, the report said. On March 26, 2014, while the
property manager was in the office within earshot of her, discussing with an
accountant the discovery of serious discrepancies in association bank records,
Moore picked up her belongings and left, never to return, the report said.
Gottlieb said he could not speak about the case. “We’ve cooperated with law
enforcement on this and law enforcement has been helpful to us,” he said.
Where the money went:
Some of the retailers where Moore allegedly spent money:
Best Buy: $2,947.84
Amazon Marketplace: $2,526.97
Sprint Wireless: $2,316.51
Priceline Hotels: $1,750.42
CVS Pharmacy: $1,302.40
Springhill Suites, Boca Raton: $1,138.86
Apple itunes: $1,099.63