Evans woman goes to prison for homeowner association thefts

Laurie Vanover pleads guilty to stealing $267,000 from neighborhood group

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 3:33 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 7:13 AM
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The former treasurer of an Evans neighborhood association was sentenced to prison Thursday for stealing more than a quarter-million dollars from the organization.

Laurie Wainwright Vanover, 46, of Ando­ver Court, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of theft by taking at a hearing in Evans. She was accused of stealing more than $267,000 from the Stratford Community Association over nearly five years.

Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Vanover to seven years in prison followed by 28 years on probation. Though she presented a $12,500 check to go toward restitution, Brown ordered her to repay the remaining $255,163.08 plus a $10,000 fine before her probation ends.

“That’s all we could hope for,” association President Bob Clymer said after the sentence. “We’re just looking to heal and get moving on. That’s what we can do now.”

Vanover, who apologized to her neighbors at the hearing, was accused of stealing the money between February 2008 and Decem­ber 2012, when then-association Presi­dent Tom Gorta called authorities after a check through the association bank account didn’t clear and he discovered funds missing.

Assistant District Attorney Kim Easterling said Vanover wrote three checks to her husband’s company but got most of the money through ATM withdrawals and using the association’s debit card to pay her personal bills.

“(Vanover) indicated she used the money to live beyond her means,” Easterling said at the sentencing hearing.

Vanover’s attorney, Scott Connell, said since before her arrest, Vanover cooperated with authorities, even helping them sort through financial records. He asked the judge to consider a probated sentence or allowing her to serve jail time on weekends so she could work to earn restitution money during the week.

Connell also said that since her arrest, Vanover has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is being treated.

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corgimom
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corgimom 02/20/14 - 04:38 pm
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Justice was served and the

Justice was served and the sentence is appropriate!

Didn't I tell you that she would have some "I'm ill" defense, but wasn't too "ill" to work and have fun?

I just can't imagine how her husband didn't have any idea. If my husband all of a sudden had money, I'd be asking, "Where is this coming from?"

corgimom
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corgimom 02/20/14 - 04:40 pm
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But if she was bipolar, how

But if she was bipolar, how would she have been able to work during the week and serve her sentence on weekends?

Congratulations to Judge Brown, he did a great job.

I don't feel sorry for her, just for her husband and kids. They were the innocent victims, along with the Stratford homeowners.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/20/14 - 04:42 pm
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Man, money just ain't that important.

Man, money just ain't that important.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/20/14 - 05:17 pm
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That's because you are not

That's because you are not greedy, you are honest and would rather have less honestly, then more dishonestly.

I am the same way.

willie7
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willie7 02/20/14 - 05:57 pm
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Too many of us want to live
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Too many of us want to live above our means, as she stated.
This is causing some people to do anything to keep up with the Joneses.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 02/20/14 - 06:20 pm
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What's with some ladies who

What's with some ladies who can't keep their fingers out of the homeowners' and PTA pots?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/20/14 - 06:29 pm
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I'm for putting all HOA members in jail, but...

how does her 7 years in with 28 after and restitution compare with 8 years in and 12 years after for someone who participated in a murder?

I just don't get how our justice system has gone so far off the rails.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 02/20/14 - 07:35 pm
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F L

Me either

specialist
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specialist 02/20/14 - 07:50 pm
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Lady thieves

I hope this the Judge that gets the Kay Allen case !

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/20/14 - 07:50 pm
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On the great Karen Allen Caper. Will justice be served?
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On the great Karen Allen Caper. Will justice be served?

restguy
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restguy 02/20/14 - 08:19 pm
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You guys

Are ignorant if she can scam .25 ish million dollars from you....No checks & balances ???

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 02/20/14 - 09:25 pm
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Don't Understand

I don't understand why a judge will order a person to pay all the money back plus a fine of $10,000. She will never be able to pay that back or even a small portion. I don't disagree with the sentence but that money is gone and she will never have the ability to pay it back. Its not like she is a celebrity that can earn millions when she gets out.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 02/20/14 - 09:28 pm
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I agree with Fiat. The man

I agree with Fiat. The man who crushed Bryan Stow's skull while he was already down on the ground pled guilty today and was sentenced to 8 years. Bryan will need 24 hr/day care for the rest of his life. Basically, Bryan has been given a life sentence in a wheelchair and diapers. Our criminal justice system stinks.
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/02/20/bryan-stow-beating-suspects-...

crc
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crc 02/20/14 - 10:56 pm
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Conflicted

She deserves punishment, but for the taxpayers to foot the bill for a crime such as this is ridiculous. Sentence her to house arrest for the same amount of time and require her to have a job so that they can garnish her wages so that restitution can be made to the victims.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/20/14 - 10:58 pm
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Nobody will hire her, her

Nobody will hire her, her real estate license is gone forever.

And I think that was part of the reason why she got sentenced- this stops her real estate career cold.

KSL
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KSL 02/21/14 - 03:34 am
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Justice will be served when

Justice will be served when she pays the money back and reimburses the "state" for the costs the taxpayers had and will have. Not one minute before.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/21/14 - 09:58 am
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Maybe there is a basketball trust fund? Or maybe not?
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Maybe there is a basketball trust fund? Or maybe not?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/21/14 - 10:03 am
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What's with the lawsuit/backruptcy in 1999? Deed change in CC?
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What's with the lawsuit/bankruptcy in 1999? Deed change in CC?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 02/21/14 - 10:07 am
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Who is Laurie L. Keller at this address? Laurie L. Wainwright?
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Deeds changing hands in 2005?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 02/21/14 - 10:34 am
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Have her swab toilets down at

Have her swab toilets down at the jail for $8/hr until she pays it off. I'd encourage the jail to feed the inmates chili at every meal to make it an extra pleasant experience for her.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/21/14 - 12:01 pm
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How did her husband not get

How did her husband not get the wrath of the judicial system rained down on him also?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/21/14 - 12:18 pm
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Prison wages aren't $8 per

Prison wages aren't $8 per hour, more like $.75 per hour.

It's not a place to make money.

But this way, if the house gets sold, the money will get paid back, and I think that was the reasoning behind the sentence.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/21/14 - 12:44 pm
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I vote Kay Allen gets the same kind of treatment!

She is worse than Vanover simply she is a public servant and should be held to the highest standards. She violated the trust of the citizens and also stole from them!

Greta H
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Greta H 02/21/14 - 04:42 pm
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She was accountant for husband's company

She was also the accountant for her husband's company. I used to live in Stratford and know that her family is as shocked and devastated as the rest of the neighborhood. Just heartbroken for her husband and family.

Greta H
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Greta H 02/21/14 - 11:17 pm
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...

Meant to say sounds like her husband had no idea of the money she took and deposited into his company's account. Again a matter of everyone around her trusting her.

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paladin5 02/22/14 - 01:27 am
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ALTERNATIVE.....

Surprised Laurie Vanover's attorney did not try to work out a deal like Tax Commissioner Kay Allen's lawyers are doing. Just let the Homeowners' Association sue for the amount.

Allen wants to ignore the law she was trained on and it was all a misunderstanding, so let's kiss and make up with a deal.

paladin5
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paladin5 02/22/14 - 01:38 am
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P.S.

Mrs. Allen could also present a significant check to the CC Commission to sweeten the deal for reconciliation of the money she took and Apologize for the gross Mismanagement of CC Human Resources for which the taxpayers also support with their taxes. She appears to be a well versed person of MBO (Management by Objection). In both cases Vanover and Allen's hubbies were obviously in the dark about money????????????

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