Conspiracy, theft arrests made after more than $20,000 depleted from homeowners’ association

BRIDGEVILLE – The secretary/treasurer of Morningside Village Homeowners’ Association and her husband has been arrested for conspiracy and theft after officials discovered a fund for the group had been depleted.

Jessica McGinnis

Jessica McGinnis

David McGinnis

David McGinnis

Checks totaling $20,167.63 written out to Jessica McGinnis, 33, and her husband David McGinnis, 50, led to their arrest after being indicted by a grand jury.

Unpaid bills to maintain the community sewage system prompted the investigation by the Department of Justice’s Common Interest Community Ombudsperson and DOJ’s Consumer Protection Unit. Bank records show money deposited into a fund for the system maintenance was instead depleted by the checks to the Bridgeville couple.

Ms. McGinnis, took over as secretary/treasurer of the association in 2012. Each face four counts of Second Degree Conspiracy and Theft Greater than $1,500.

“This theft deprived an entire community of needed funds for maintenance. This thorough investigation is proof that we take complaints about homeowners’ associations and communities seriously, and will prosecute those who abuse the trust of their neighbors,” said Attorney General Matt Denn.

“I want to thank Deputy Attorney General Christopher Curtin who is our Common Interest Community Ombudsperson, and Deputy Attorney General Stephen McDonald for their hard work.”

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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