Two leaders of an HOA within the metropolis of South Fulton are dealing with prison expenses.
They’re accused of receiving insurance coverage cash — near $2 million — after some buildings caught fireplace.
As a substitute of chopping checks to fireside victims, police say they saved the cash.
Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes realized on Friday that these arrests may very well be a part of one thing a lot larger.
Police mentioned they went by means of financial institution information and cellphone information that show Betty Ligon and Lyndon Baldwin Sr. stole cash.
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“One of many issues we’re searching for is extra victims to return ahead and assist us facilitate the investigation even additional,” Metropolis of South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows mentioned.
Meadows mentioned 24 models on the Camelot Condominium complicated had been destroyed by two fires in 2020.
He mentioned an insurance coverage firm gave the Camelot Householders’ Affiliation almost $2 million to rebuild.
However he mentioned solely six of the 24 rental homeowners acquired their cash.
That’s why the HOA president, Ligon, and HOA treasurer, Baldwin, are dealing with expenses. Baldwin hasn’t turned himself in but.
Each are charged with theft by taking and theft by conversion for allegedly conserving cash that was alleged to go to individuals who misplaced every thing within the fires.
“They took my cash. It’s nonetheless occurring. I perceive there’s one other examine coming. I hope they don’t take that,” one of many fireplace victims informed Fernandes, asking to not be recognized.
She went on to say the corruption goes deeper than the 2 board members now dealing with expenses.
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“How is it that some folks may obtain cash and a few of them weren’t paying each month? And I used to be paying each month and by no means obtained something,” the girl mentioned.
Condia Perry has been speaking about HOA board members stealing cash since Fernandes met her in 2020.
She mentioned it’s time to carry folks accountable and get an entire new set of HOA board members.
“My hope is that they go forward and challenge these warrants as a result of they’ve greater than sufficient data,” Perry mentioned.
Meadows says the 2 arrests are simply the tip of the iceberg and extra are coming.
Fireplace investigators are additionally wanting into whether or not the 2020 fires had been truly arson.