Article Courtesy of The Miami New
By Natalie O'Neill
Published November 19, 2009
This past May, the New York Times quoted
the property manager of Parkview Point Condo in Miami Beach. Rosa M.
Rodriguez, age 60, told a sad story about being broke. The units around
her were foreclosing, Rosa said, and she had to pay for the damages.
She explained to the Times reporter that
she dislikes answering visitors' questions about crumbling ceilings at
Parkview. "We're not going to tell them we don't have any
money," she said. "That's embarrassing."
Well, the condo board might have been broke, but
Rosa sure wasn't. According to Miami Beach police, she embezzled over
$50,000 from the elderly owners of units in the building. She was arrested
and charged with organized fraud and first degree theft this past June.
Miami media never reported it.
Says 55-year-old Parkview resident Tina Koperwas:
"She cleaned out my mother's bank account."
Before the arrest Tina called the police on Rosa
several times. Now she says Rosa's "left hand man" - the new
property manager - is retaliating against her.
The manager has denied her sick mother a handicapped
parking spot, she claims. And he's making it impossible to get her mail.
"They're discriminating against us," she says.
Manager Felix Count says she's nuts. "Nobody has done anything to
her. Nobody has done anything to her mother...I don't know why she's
saying this. She wants attention. There's no correlation between her and
the Rosa situation."