BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County detectives are digging deeper into embezzlement allegations. They continue to check out Linda Dodson after busting her for allegedly stealing money from the St. James Property Owner’s Association.
Dodson has quite the resume. Before being arrested on embezzlement charges, she worked for CAMS, a well-known community management company in our area. According to the CAMS website, Dodson has more than 20 years of experience, has two certifications in community management and was one of three senior community managers for cams taking care of communities in our area.
On June 1, a resident from St. James filed an report with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The report claims embezzlement dating back to 2007. The St. James Property Owner’s Association president did not want to go on camera but gave WWAY this statement saying: “Linda Dodson was an on-site manager for St. James when CAMS was our managing company, but CAMS hasn’t been here for over year. We had meetings with her on a regular basis, and she handled most of the day-to-day activity. Dodson was involved with our funds. We are surprised by the arrest, but we’ve been looking into this for quite some time. We plan to wait it out until the sheriff’s office completes their investigation.”
CAMS owner Dave Sweyer was out of town but said in a statement, “We are aware of the allegations, but the CAMS accounting department did not directly control all of the St. James Association’s bank accounts, so we do not know all the facts for this situation, and we are not involved in the investigation. We have sent communications to our current customers about what we do know, and we want to emphasize that the allegations are unique to this situation. In CAMS’ 20-plus year history, we have never had any misappropriation or embezzlement of our customers’ funds that are directly managed by our accounting department. In addition, all of our customers’ funds are appropriately insured against this type of loss.”
Dodson was arrested for the embezzlement charges on July 6. Her last day at CAMS was July 1. Sweyer would not comment on why they let her go before the arrest.