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Court date delayed for former property manager charged with embezzlement

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Stealing from people she was supposed to be helping. That's the charge. Her day in court, though, will have to wait.

Linda Dodson is accused of embezzling money from the St. James community while she worked for CAMS. Dodson is no longer employed with that community management company.

Her case was slated for court in Brunswick County today, But it was continued until October 12.

In July Dodson was accused of taking money from the St. James Property Owners Association going back to 2007. The association president previously said he was surprised by the arrest, but that they've been looking into the situation for quite some time.

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Linda Dodson

well, no more nasty letters from her - she is where she needs to be.
why don't you people check the books more????

CAMS

It appears that although CAMS or should I say SCAMS has gotten rid of Linda Dodson, they have yet to figure out how to run a reputable organization still. They will spend a HOA'S money like it is going out of style, with no direction for the homeowners and board of directors. They are in a position to educate and help HOA'S but they spend and chase bad money with more bad money and they just do not care. When a HOA is broke such as RiverSea Plantation is, they still take homeowners money and give it to their lawyers to file useless lawsuits and try to put people out of their homes, as they are doing to us. And here is another great story about SCAMS, the property taxes on the amenities at RiverSea have never been paid! That is right, no property taxes have been paid to Brunswick County. Now what does that say about a business. And they think that have the right to drag someone in to court for lack of payment on HOA dues! What a joke!

It'll be continued again, and again, and again....

...and again about 14 times over and two years later in hopes that it will be pled down to a misdemeanor seat belt violation.

This is just the way our lawyers, judges and our court system works. It is also why we have so many career criminal crawling the streets continuing to commit violent and non-violent crimes over and over and over again.

Sort of gets old doesn't it? Victims rarely, if ever get to see their perps receive any punishment.

Linda Dodson

She was also overseeing Mallory Creek Plantation and I received many nasty letters from her while she was in charge of the HOA. Just to name a few of her charges to me (1) Planning on charging me $100 per day for having a basketball goal in my driveway (2) Telling me that my yard needing mowing, trimming when I mow my grass every week, and (3) Telling me that the weeds (not even on my property) in the easement area behind my fence were preventing proper drainage and she was going to have them mowed and send me the bill.

CP23, Please familiarize

CP23,

Please familiarize yourself with the basics of your Homeowners Association before you spout off.

For the record, I am in no way defending the accused actions of Ms. Dodson above, which is deplorable by the way and a real insult to the industry. Your comments however, indicate that you are in need of some insight and education on how your HOA operates and functions. If you took the time to read the rules, you would find you are in fact in violation. Both of these items were observed on an inspection or reported in by one of your neighbors, so it physically existed at one point in the eyes of someone directly affiliated with the Association.

After purchasing their home, many owners do not take the time necessary to review their Association's legal documents (specifically called the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions or Restrictions or CC&Rs) and their Rules and Regulations. Mallory Creek has both. Request a copy or view them on the Association's website if you don't already have a set included with your closing paperwork.

I can assure you a single family community like Mallory Creek Plantation prohibits basketball goals in the street and/or driveway because they present a safety issue because of their proximity to the street and many become unkept and unsightly over a period of time. Some HOAs require they be moved behind the wing fence or in the garage when not in use. The $100 fine you alluded to is called out in the Delinquency Policy for the Association or can be referenced in the legal statutes for HOAs in the State of North Carolina.

Mallory Creek HOA requires their members to maintain their lawns as part of their agreement with the Association. What HOA wouldn't? Lot maintenance is a very general covenant principle and are required in every CC&R. If they were not, what would be the actual purpose of a covenant controlled community? Your Board of Directors (made up of volunteer Mallory Creek homeowners) hire the management company. Review your violation letter again. The letter does not come from Ms. Dodson, instead it comes at the directive and behalf of your Board.

I would suggest you attend an upcoming Board meeting to present your concerns directly to the Board in Open Forum if you haven't already done so regarding your violations. Usually the best course of action is to take it directly to the source (your Board) instead of simply complaining about it.

in response to: before I spout off...

The almost sanctimonious response by the writer is laughable.
Most everyone in Mallory creek has a keen sense of the manipulation and control being exercised by a small group of the homeowners. The writer is correct in the assertion that the HOA does consider itself an enforcement agency (with just less power than that of a law enforcement officer). This seems to be their only focus and reason for being. Their main purpose is to find faults with anyone who lives here. It would seem that this is more important than finding ways and means to develop a cohesive friendly community that works together to build a neighborhood. The HOA mission apparently is to create a state of fear through threats. They feel it is their personal obligation to create a "utopia" where everything is perfect but only as "they" would have it defined. This would include; No children playing in the street, no unpainted mailbox posts, no signage of any kind,and absolutely no competitive real estate company signs (except for builders and Century 21 of course), no For Sale or rental signs by the homeowner, not even a yard sale sign, and God forbid you leave trash or toys in your lawn or front drive. In their mind everything in Utopia must be perfect at all times. Note: Property owners may not attempt to advertise the sale of their own property, ( as it might conflict with the builder's sales)
1. Homeowners are given little notice of meetings and the HOA meetings are intentionally scheduled at odd hours, or during normal work hours, thus minimizing attendance and homeowner input.
2.Homeowners are not encouraged or asked to provide feedback, suggestions,or to participate, and God Forbid they express an opinion that opposes the wisdom of the HOA ( manipulated by Century 21's representative) - as there will be hell to pay and one can anticipate multiple letters of alleged violations. e.g. "your trash can was left out"

Most of these "alleged" covenant violations are by fact- trivial.

Common sense would suggest that if the HOA can justify having someone travel around the community to spy a trash can, then justify spending the time and cost of having someone prepare a letter, cost of mailing said letter, including multiple forms and a return envelope, then waist time evaluating the responses to said letters...Fact: they are wasting time, money, energy, on unimportant trivia.
For example- If we were to apply common sense, and you have asked a person to waste their time checking on the precise location of trash cans after a trash day pick up, why not just simply hang a inexpensive, friendly reminder on a repeat offender's mailbox ? ....Better yet, why not delegate that entire responsibility to the Homeowner and his immediate neighbors and eliminate the drive by trash can inspection? It is not your mandate to travel throughout the entire subdivision acting like the God of visual beauty. If one street has an issue - they will resolve it. They do not need someone who lives a mile away telling them how to park their trash can.

3. The realty company, Century 21, is complicit in allowing ongoing mismanagement, and has on, at least one other occasion, been removed from their position of association management responsibilities in the Wilmington area.
Under these circumstances of serious criminal charges on their employee, Sawyer Realty, Century 21 should be immediately removed from any association with Mallory Creek HOA.. It was their employees, and their lack of management that led to the alleged charges. They are not to be given a free pass and the Homeowners association has a direct fiscal responsibility to do everything possible to protect the association and its funds from such risks, alleged or real, Century 21 is not entitled to get a free pass, as they have ultimate responsibility for their employees actions.

4. The fees for Century 21 services are ridiculously inflated and they accomplish little except for being a silent spokesperson for some of the original builders in persuading the "controlling" group of Homeowners to continue to waste HOA funds on silly non essential mailings which serve only to alienate property owners.
5. The homeowners assoc. has been mislead by Century 21 to continuously overstep its authority and create unneeded pressures on individual homeowners with threats of lawsuits and/or fines.
6. The Homeowners assoc. need to re-focus their purpose on more important operating budgets and programs. An immediate goal: would be :1. Reduce Operating Budgets by 10 % in the next fiscal year.
2. Increase community participation in planning committees by 20%
3. Limit HOA officers and directors to no more than 4 years of service.

No one should be subjected to the strong arm tactics of a homeowners association that is misusing its authority. And property owners need to have a voice to fight such out of control organizations without the need to enter into legal battles.

Name withheld out of fear.