TITUSVILLE – Over the course of three years, a former homeowners association
president stole $20,000 from the community he served and used the money to
expand his stamp collection and buy lawn equipment, according to the Titusville
Brett Rowe, 51, was
named HOA president of Shady Oaks Pine in 2017 and records
show at that time, there was about $21,000 in the HOA’s Bank
of America account.
Police said there was about $180 left by the time Rowe left
the position and he refused to show other board members
receipts to prove where the money had gone.
The new HOA president, who contacted authorities on Sept. 9,
said he was able to find proof that Rowe spent $2,000 on
medical expenses, made various ATM withdraws, bought $1,000
in stamps for his collection, purchased chain saws and lawn
equipment and made purchases at stores and restaurants,
according to the affidavit.
Rowe was arrested at his home Thursday on charges of theft
over $5,000 and scheming to defraud.