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3 sentenced for defrauding Phoenix homeowner associations

March 5, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — A California woman and her ex-husband have been sentenced to more than a year in federal prison for defrauding Phoenix-area homeowner associations while an Arizona resident will serve probation.

A federal judge Monday sentenced 47-year-old Kelsey Powell of Lemon Grove, California; 53-year-old Michael Powell of Wellsville, Ohio; and Rachel Ellerbrock of Gilbert, Arizona.

The Powells and Ellerbrock previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering for misusing about $1.2 million in stolen HOA fees.

All three must pay restitution.

Harlow White — the father of Kelsey Powell and Rachel Ellerbrock — is serving a 15-month prison term and must pay nearly $292,000 in restitution.

White formerly was president and CEO of a property management company whose clients included HOAs throughout metro Phoenix.

The Powells and Ellerbrock held management roles.