Randy Bailey was a property manager who used his position to steal from
the condo corporations that he managed. He got caught after an owner
Here are two newspaper reports describing what happened.
More Charges laid
May 27, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator
A former condominium manager is back in custody after being arrested on
new charges of attempting to obstruct justice and three counts of
breaching the terms of his bail.
Randy Bailey, 56, who worked for Wilson Blanchard Property Management
Inc., was initially released on bail after being charged with fraud
over $5,000 and accused of forgery and falsifying the financial
statements and minutes of the board of directors of a local condominium
The Hamilton man was arrested again last week and returned to custody
on the new charges, including the attempted obstruction of justice,
involving an allegation that he provided false information to a
Superior Court judge while representing himself at a pretrial
conference in the fraud case.
Assistant Crown attorney Michael Fox said
Monday he will oppose bail
for the accused man, a former Hamilton police officer. Bailey appeared
briefly in Superior Court on the fraud charges and was remanded in
custody until June 19.
Ex-cop sent to
jail for fraud, lying to judge
The Hamilton Spectator
July 28, 2009
former Hamilton cop who retired in disgrace two decades ago was
convicted yesterday of further crimes of dishonesty and sentenced to 30
months in a penitentiary.
Bailey, 56, pleaded guilty to defrauding Wilson, Blanchard Management
Inc. of close to $530,000 and to fabricating the minutes of meetings of
condominium boards of directors and altering financial statements of
their corporations in order to cover up his lying and swindling.
also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying to Superior Court
Justice Stephen Glithero while he was representing himself in court and
to breaching the terms of his release on bail.
convicted man left the Hamilton police department under a dark cloud in
the mid-1980s when he and another officer, Doug Woods, were convicted
of fabricating evidence and conspiring to pervert the course of justice
during the infamous "vice squad" scandal.
convictions stemmed from a raid by vice officers on the home of a
Hamilton man accused of running an after-hours booze can. A judge found
Bailey fabricated a sign—"All Drinks $2 — to shore up the bootlegging
case against the suspect. Bailey was sentenced to a prison term of two
years, nine months.
Wilson, president of Wilson, Blanchard, said in a victim-impact
statement filed yesterday that he hired Bailey and for 15 years
considered him a valued and trusted employee. When he first heard about
frauds, Wilson said, "I felt anxious and ill and could not believe the
judge issued a restitution order against Bailey for nearly $530,000,
but Wilson said the company has suffered $1.7 million in other damages
associated with the forensic investigation, legal costs, lost business
and the lost
productivity of three full-time
employees who were assigned
to sort out the mess.
said it would not be an exaggeration to say he and others have suffered
depression, anxiety and loss of sleep after realizing the full extent
of Bailey's criminal conduct and how it had damaged the company,
management, employees and clients.
frauds came to light when an owner of one condominium unit complained
to the management company about condo fees being raised despite the
building falling into disrepair and no major work getting done.
internal investigation revealed Bailey, who managed about 12 or 15
condo properties, had been submitting false invoices for maintenance
and repair work. He also stole larger sums of cash from condo reserve
funds —which owners contribute to annually to cover major repairs such
as roof and window replacements — and altered the minutes of board
meetings and audited financial statements.
Crown attorney Michael Fox said Bailey and his wife had been living a
lifestyle to which they were not properly entitled and the money was
"frittered away" on expensive European vacations, a horse and trailer,
luxury vehicles and home renovations.
owner raised the alarm?
It is alarming that it took a unit owner to flag the disparity between
raising fees and a lack of maintenance. Why didn’t the boards at the
different condos or the property management company catch on? What about the auditors?
This is especially troubling when we know that many boards and managers
discourage or even refuse to allow owners to examine the corporation’s
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