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Woman admits embezzling $800K from OBX HOA

Posted July 7, 2010

— A Kitty Hawk woman was sentenced Wednesday to prison for embezzling more than $860,000 from the homeowners association of an Outer Banks community.

Alisha Bittle, 45, was sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to pay $861,819.42 in restitution. She had pleaded guilty in April to one count of fraudulent use of access devices.

Bittle was property manager for the Buck Island Homeowner's Association in Corolla from 2000 to 2008. Prosecutors said that starting in 2003, she embezzled dues to pay for personal expenses by issuing checks to herself or other businesses, using the HOA's business credit card and withdrawing money from the HOA's bank account.

The case was investigated by the Currituck County Sheriff's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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  • kmichael Jul 7, 2010

    She worked hard to steal that money so she should keep it.

  • gcannon Jul 7, 2010

    This woman should be put under the jail ... I despise a thief and cheat (I work hard for my money to pay my bills)

  • kuzin11 Jul 7, 2010

    Another case where no one is double checking the books. A cure? How about public flogging? Oh no! That is too harsh for a white collar crime. If there is no deterrence to crime, it will keep on happening. Our complex society needs to be simplified with a little common sense.

  • kmichael Jul 7, 2010

    Give her a break, who hasn't embezzled a little money here and there.

  • Vietnam Vet Jul 7, 2010

    I'd like to know how there was over 3/4 of a million dollars in surplus funds in this HOA in the first place, available for her to steal over that time period and how nobody noticed that funds were missing??? You don't think that HOA overcharges any do you??

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  • lrdavidson Jul 7, 2010

    It will end up being someone elses fault! She'll blame her husband or her kids for it!! It's never their fault they put their stealing hands in the pot!!! She was probably making good money too! They usually do!!

  • harmstrong4 Jul 7, 2010

    Reminds me of the movie "Dumb and Dumber" They kept borrowing the money and putting in IOU's. Maybe that is what this thief was doing. lol.

  • mea1001mea Jul 7, 2010

    working for Tidwell ?

  • nisa-pizza Jul 7, 2010


    "What ever happened to just being honest?? Is the year of Lies, thievery, trickery and corruption? It all started in the White House. Ya think? "

    from the article:

    Bittle was property manager for the Buck Island Homeowner's Association in Corolla from 2000 to 2008.

    I guess you're refering to the last administration which was in office during the time of her embezzlements.

    I still don't understand what the White House (past or present) has to do with ANY of this at all.

    What an stretch!