Ex-property manager pleads guilty to theft

Prosecutor: Woman stole nearly $500K

AVENTURA, Fla. - The former property manager of an Aventura condo association pleads guilty after being accused of stealing nearly $500,000 from the association.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced Friday that Lourdes Rodriguez, 49, was sentenced to state prison after her plea Thursday.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez was the manager at the Atlantic II at the Point Condominium, and she opened credit cards in its name and made personal charges, including what appeared to be withdrawals for gambling. Rodriguez used the association's money to pay the bills, officials said.

Rodriguez is also accused of getting the payroll processing company to give her unauthorized payroll payments.

Prosecutors said they discovered unauthorized transactions totaling $466,309.75.

After negotiating a plea with the court, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to first-degree grand theft. She was sentenced to 21 months in state prison and must pay restitution in the amount of the unauthorized transactions.

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