Tampa subdivision accuses former leadership of lying, falsifying records over recall vote - SaintPetersBlog

Tampa subdivision accuses former leadership of lying, falsifying records over recall vote

A Tampa subdivision is accusing its former leadership of lying and falsifying evidence to overturn a recall vote and stay in power, after an expensive arbitration process.

Camden Woods is a subdivision in southeast Tampa with 115 voting homeowners. Records suggest it is managed by Avid Management of Tampa.

Camden Woods’ current Homeowner’s Association president is 58-year-old Julie Patricia McDaniel.

Former HOA staff includes Terry Jolly Henry, 44, who previously served as president and is also a licensed real estate agent; John Clay Jenkins, 65, was vice president. Lanette Nicole Stevens, 43, was former secretary.

In 2016, homeowners at the Camden Woods subdivision narrowly approved a petition to recall the subdivision’s three-member board — led by then-president Henry.

A few days later, the board asked the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to intercede, saying 10 of the homeowners had rescinded their votes to recall.

Arbitrator Terri Leigh Jones later ruled against Henry, Jenkins and Stevens, but not before the Homeowner’s Association spent over $18,000 on legal fees. Jones upheld the recall vote after concluding that the three had lied about discussing each of the 10 allegedly rescinded votes during a public meeting Sept. 6, 2016.

In a 104-page filing in Hillsborough County Circuit Court dated April 5, the HOA is claiming breach of fiduciary duty, accusing the ousted board members of fabricating evidence of rescinded votes to attempt to stay in power.

According to the complaint: “Defendants … fabricated events, fabricated motions, fabricated votes, fabricated revocations, fabricated signatures, and drafted four pages of falsified minutes, creating sham motions that did not occur.”

In addition, the three are accused of “intentionally and knowingly misled the Association’s attorney, provided the Association’s attorney with the fabricated evidence and fictitious minutes of the meeting, and through a series of motions and pleadings continue to improperly waste Association funds on events and evidence defendants knew were completely falsified.”

Current President McDaniel is the person allegedly leading the effort to oust the three former leaders.

Interestingly, Henry’s Facebook page has the introduction: “No Weapons formed against me shall prosper!”

 

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.
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