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N4T Investigators: Tucson police investigating HOA

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After a News 4 Tucson investigation into potentially missing money, Tucson police are now looking into a local Home Owners Association.

Since it's an open case Tucson police can't say much about their investigation, but officials with the financial crimes division confirm they are investigating Cuernavaca Villa's financial situation.

Residents of the Cuernavaca Villas housing community say they want to know what happened to potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of HOA dues.

Sources say the money was managed by their former HOA president.

However, when residents asked to see financial records, they say the former president abruptly resigned.

"He's left us with absolutely no money. We're just trying to keep the lights on," said one resident who asked not to be identified.

Several Villas residents contacted News 4 Tucson about the potentially missing money.

They told Investigative Reporter Nick VinZant the financial situation was first noticed last fall.

"The pool kept getting shut down, the power was turned off, the landscaping wasn't being kept up, we wanted to know what was going on," said one resident.

After the former HOA president stepped down, Cuernavaca residents hired a new HOA Management company.

Carmine Carriero with Expert HOA Management, says that when his company took over there was no money in any existing accounts.

"No money whatsoever," said Carriero.

Along with no money, Carriero also found nearly $5,200 in unpaid bills.

News 4 Tucson contacted the HOA's former president. In an email he said "I have repeatedly made myself available to the association on several occasions in order to resolve ANY discrepancy that may exist, as the current management company will confirm".

The current management company says the former president has not been helpful.

"Not forthcoming with any kind of paperwork. We asked him several times for financials this way we'd be able to start somewhere, we received nothing," said Carriero.

Tucson police officials wouldn't say if they've questioned the former HOA president.

News 4 Tucson is not naming the former HOA president at this time.

During an email exchange he told News 4 Tucson's Nick VinZant to refer all questions to his attorney.

However, he declined to provide the name of his attorney.

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