Article Courtesy of The Sun
By Erika Pesantes and Jerome Burdi
Published July 21, 2009
BOYNTON BEACH -
He's got the famous name, but not the money.
Mark R. Hilton III, of Boynton Beach, stole more than $166,000 from
Casablanca Isles Condominium Association bank accounts and treated himself
to trips to Disney World, artwork, jewelry and cash advances, police
spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. He was the former condominium
association president and bookkeeper there.
Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Hilton was arrested and taken to the Palm Beach
County Jail where he remained on grand theft and scheme to defraud
charges, pending a $100,000 bond.
Police said he made $166,646 in unauthorized credit card purchases tied to
the condo association over the course of a year.
Hilton is serving two years' probation, following a year in prison on
unrelated grand theft charges. He was released from prison in January,
records show. That conviction stemmed from a 2006 Delray Beach case where
Hilton stole $13,252 from an air-conditioning company that he worked for
as the account manager.
Neighbors said Hilton, who has been living at Casablanca for more than 15
years, disappeared about the time of his conviction in that incident. He
was dismissed from his duties as president and bookkeeper of Casablanca
Isles when the association discovered he had been imprisoned.
During the arrest Tuesday at Hilton's Boynton Beach home, detectives found
numerous unauthorized credit cards, as well as watches, necklaces and
sculptures he bought with association funds, police said.
A woman leaving a condo Tuesday identified herself as Hilton's wife, but
she declined to comment before taking her beagle for a walk. A neighbor
who rents at Casablanca and lives in a nearby unit lamented the theft.
"It's sad to hear that. A lot of people need new roofs," said
James Harwood, 25, "That's pretty ridiculous."
Hilton's arrest is the result of a year-long investigation by Boynton
Beach Police Detective Lorinda Broberg, who pored over thousands of
documents to uncover Hilton's actions, Slater said.