It has seemed like little mystery that the owner of a Garner-based HOA management company would eventually be charged with crimes involving the embezzlement of funds from HOAs.
But last week’s news that Diana Kelly had been charged with 25 counts of embezzlement must surely have come as good news during this holiday season for the leaders of the HOAs that were victimized.
Of course, Kelly hasn’t been convicted of a crime and it’s important to note that, until she is, one can’t say definitively that she was responsible.
Nonetheless, the filing of charges gives HOA leaders some solace that their plight has been responded to.
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Garner police have been remarkably open in dealing with this matter due in large part, we suspect, to the number of victims involved. While the official number of victims is limited to 25 HOAs, the fact is dozens of families are included in each HOA and it’s their money that was taken.
It remains to be seen if the HOAs will be made whole, but there is surely relief throughout Garner and the surrounding area that one more step has been taken to bring this ugly incident to a close.
Garner police have worked diligently with HOA representatives, other investigative units and the Wake County District Attorney’s office to ensure that the holidays will be merrier for many.