Authorities investigating thousands missing from Evans homeowners association

 

Columbia County authorities are investigating a report that nearly $200,000 is missing from an Evans
homeowners association fund during a four-year
period.

Thomas Gorta, the president of the Stratford Community Association, told investigators Dec. 19 that he discovered that more than $192,000 was missing from the association’s bank account, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Wednesday that investigators are reviewing the association’s financial records, and Gorta said he was advised not to discuss the incident.

According to the sheriff’s report, he said unauthorized transactions were first made on the association’s bank account Nov. 5, 2008.

Transactions totaling $192,018 occurred through Dec. 19. An estimated $78,497 was used for credit purchases and $113,521 was withdrawn from ATMs, according to the report.

The association treasurer is the only person with access to the transaction cards and checks for the accounts.

Gorta said the subdivision off Hardy McManus Road has 491 homes. The association is responsible for maintenance of a community pool and common areas, including an activity field and greenspace park.

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