King County Prosecutors filed criminal charges last week against Thomas L. Maccarone for 4 counts of 1st degree theft and 5 counts of 2nd degree theft. According to the probable cause document, Maccarone embezzled $80,145 from association funds, while serving as a Treasurer for the Maison Ville Condominium Home Owner’s Association, over a term of four years. Maccarone sold his Maison Ville Condo (Unit #403 located at 1740 Melrose Avenue) in April 2008 and moved to Palm Springs, California. When his fellow board members discovered his perfidy, they filed suit in April 2009.
In response to the suit, Maccarone admitted the theft but claimed to be too poor to travel to Washington to defend himself and/or to hire a lawyer. In order to further dissuade the HOA, he claims to currently own only a car, (the right to) social security payments and assorted personal belongings. He also had the temerity to blame the association for what he had done – stating that they should have conducted an annual audit or should have imposed checks to his powers. King County Prosecutors have asked for an arrest warrant to be executed and for $10,000 bail. The two documents filed so far in the criminal case are attached and below is an excerpt of the history of the case.