RELEASE BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
Occurrence: Surf Rider Condominium Association, 1441 S. Ocean
Blvd., Pompano Beach
Lynn Csolkovits, female, 42, 4/30/67, 9455 Boca Gardens Cir. So. #D
Description of Incident:
A condo bookkeeper’s fuzzy math has finally been
cleared up, but the discrepancies that were found amount to huge losses and
no day at the beach for condo owners at the Surf Rider Community.
The resort’s trusted assistant manager and
bookkeeper of 11 years, Pamela Csolkovits, 42, had been helping herself to
the association’s money for at least four years.
On May 14, 2008, board members of the Surf Rider
Condominium in Pompano Beach, a timeshare destination with over 2,000
individual homeowners, were alarmed by one of Csolkovits’ transactions.
Without the knowledge of the board, she purchased an $85,000 certificate of
deposit from a local bank. They questioned its authenticity and, upon some
investigation, discovered the documentation she provided and the certificate
of deposit were fraudulent.
Board members confronted Csolkovits and she admitted
to defrauding the Association of almost $200,000. She was immediately fired.
The board reported the crime to the Broward Sheriff’s Office and hired a
private accounting firm to conduct an audit. The two-month investigation
revealed that since 2005, Csolkovits, who had signature authorization on the
Association’s account, had been transferring funds into her personal
credit card accounts, making checks out to herself or to “cash,” and
faking invoices – a total loss of $469,797.70 to the condo association.
On July 13, BSO Economic Crime Detective Mitch Gordon
obtained a warrant for Csolkovits’ arrest. She was taken into custody on
Thursday, July 16, without incident.
She’s currently at the BSO Main Jail facing one
charge of grand theft.
- INVESTIGATORS: Det. Gordon, RID Econ. Crimes; Pompano
Beach; Fugitive Unit
REPORT BY: Keyla concepción/PIO 7/17/09 1530