Courtesy of The St. Augustine Record
July 7, 2012
former St. Augustine woman was arrested this week on a charge that she embezzled
more than $20,000 over the course of a year from a St. Augustine condo
association, according to documents from the State Attorney’s Office and the
St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
Elizabeth Supko, 57, is accused of embezzling money from the Captain’s
Quarters Condominium Association between January 2010 and July 2011. She was
arrested on Monday on a second-degree felony charge of fraud and released on
is accused of taking more than $26,000 from the bank accounts
of the condominium association, located on Dondanville Road in
St. Augustine, while she was property manager, according to
the offense report.
was done by issuing unauthorized overtime checks and
‘unbacked’ petty cash withdrawals (i.e. petty cash
withdrawals without receipts for which the withdrawal was
made), which the defendant made while conducting normal
day-today business,” according to the arrest warrant
affidavit. “The discrepancies in the payroll and petty cash
funds were not noticed for several months, due [to] the
defendant’s refusal to allow the Association President
access to the organization’s bank records.”
Rendall, listed in the offense report as the president of the
Captain’s Quarters Condominium Association, reported in
August to the Sheriff’s Office that she believed an employee
money from the association, according to the arrest report.
told a deputy that she tried to get passwords to association computer files that
had been locked, but Supko would not give them to her.
said Supko was the community association manager at the time.
said she fired Supko in July 2011, according to the report, and hired someone to
unlock the files as well as hired a forensic accountant to review the
association’s finances. Rendall said the accountant “found multiple
discrepancies in the account that showed unauthorized payments made from the HOA
account to June Supko,” according to the report.
handed the deputy two sheets of paper, one labeled “file copy” and the other
bank sheet listed three withdrawals totaling $2,000. Those withdrawals were not
listed in office records but showed up in the bank statement, Rendall said. That
was just for February 2011.
said she believed “J. Supko was taking money out of the account an[d] then
altering the bank statements so it would not reflect the deductions,” the
the arrest report and warrant, Supko was listed as living in St. Augustine.
However, Sheriff’s Office booking information for Supko listed an address in
South Bend, Ind.
is scheduled for an arraignment at the St. Johns County courthouse on July 30.