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Missouri man admits embezzling from homeowner groups

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 | 9:16 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — The owner of a Kansas City business admitted that he embezzled more than $750,000 from dozens of homeowners associations.

Dale Palmer, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of mail fraud.

Palmer owned and operated Home Owner Association Services, which provided management services and managed accounts for homeowners associations in Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Prosecutors said that when Palmer closed the company's Kansas City office in March 2011, $751,302 was missing from the accounts of 32 homeowners associations.

Palmer admitted that he used funds from the homeowners associations to pay his business expenses. He prepared false statements for the associations, which never saw their bank statements.

He faces a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000.


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