Theft police Lights

"The charges included four nights in September 2018 at a Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Chandler, and a more than $1,000 payment on a telephone bill"

The former manager of a Gilbert homeowners association is charged in a complaint with using a credit card to steal more than $2,100, spending it to pay a hotel and her telephone bills.

But a company executive told Gilbert police that Aimee Risher Lentz, 46, admitted to him during a meeting in his Scottsdale office that she stole nearly $8,000 in cash fees paid by residents to the Power Ranch HOA, where Lentz was the former community manager, according to court records.

The theft and fraud charges against Lentz, however, do not cover the stolen fees because there was no evidence to document the additional thefts, according to a probable cause statement authored by a Gilbert police detective.

The detective said the executive did not record the conversation in which Lentz purportedly admitted the theft, either by audio or video. He also cited a lack of oversight by the company in accepting cash payments.

“Further review of the cash payment process revealed a lack of chain of custody in part by the CCMC/HOA. After interviewing the Power Ranch HOA/CCMC staff, it was found that several employees accepted cash payments from residents and logged the payments into a receipt book. Some signed the receipt book and some did not,’’ the court document said.

The document said a series of unauthorized credit card charges were found during a monthly audit. The charges included four nights in September 2018 at a Fairfield by Marriott hotel in Chandler, and a more than $1,000 payment on a telephone bill, the document said.

The executive told Gilbert police that Lentz, who confessed to him that she was having financial problems, “used the money from the HOA fees to cover bills and planned on putting the money back, but it got out of hand. Aimee was let go from the company,’’ the court records said.

Gilbert police sent the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in July for review of potential charges after Lentz failed to repay the $2,100, the report said.