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Debt collector pleads guilty to defrauding Lee, Collier HOAs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A man pleaded guilty to communications fraud for his role in debt collection scam that took at least $56,000 from three homeowners’ associations in Lee and Collier counties.

Robert Dana Brown also owed more than $48,000 to another nine homeowners’ associations, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation said Wednesday. Brown was ordered to pay a cash restitution of more than $105,000.

Brown has not held a current debt collector license from the Florida Office of Financial Regulation since 2012, authorities said.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Brown was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service and the case was prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit for Lee County.

If you feel that you may be a victim of fraud or to report suspicious activity, please file a complaint with the OFR online or call (850) 487-9687.

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