and Video Courtesy of Channel 9 WFTV
By Karla Ray
Published November 15, 2019
KISSIMMEE - State regulators are now reviewing the
license of yet another employee of the Turnberry Reserve HOA after her
arrest last week.
Security officer Ailyn DePena worked under convicted
ex-cop Joseph Conover, who investigative reporter Karla Ray exposed
breaking state law by performing unlicensed security in the Kissimmee
DePena did have an active security license, but it's now in jeopardy and
under review by the state. She's accused of battery on a law enforcement
officer and two other counts of battery while she was working the
community's HOA election last week.
Cellphone video caught some of the chaos outside East Lake Elementary
School last week, when Turnberry Reserve residents showed up in mass for
DePena was manning the door. 9 Investigates first encountered DePena in
September, when we confronted her then-boss Joseph Conover. On that day,
at his request, she called Osceola County deputies to respond Ray tried
to question Conover.
An encounter involving County Commissioner Fred Hawkins led to DePena's
arrest. A deputy on scene at the election wrote in a report that he
"observed DePena push Mr. Hawkins back in an attempt to restrict his
access to the building."
Homeowners cheered as DePena was taken away in handcuffs. In an
interview with detectives, she said she "received instructions from
Sherry Raposo to control access to the school media room by allowing
only one resident at a time to enter."
Raposo owns Management 35 Firm, which was just slapped with a statute
violation by state regulators because the company does not have the
proper licensing to provide security in the first place.