State regulator accused of hijacking condo association he was assigned to investigate
Article Courtesy of Local 10 News ABC
By Bob Norman
Published August 18, 2018
HALLANDALE BEACH – The state is investigating one of its own now-former regulators after accusations that he abused his power at a condominium he was assigned to investigate, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation confirms.
Sanchez, who did not respond to a message for comment for this story, then cut a deal condo to to provide legal services for the condo beginning on Sept. 30, 2017. The deal called for her law firm to be paid $2,800 a month, not only for legal services, but also for “outsourced” management services. A request that the investigation be terminated was received by the state on Oct. 5, according to state records, but Iglesias’ involvement with the condo was apparently just beginning.
As for his alleged use of two names, he said it’s a common practice and the allegation that he used them deceptively is false.
“Two last names, my friend,” he said. “That’s traditional, part of my culture.”
DBPR records show the agency was notified that its examiner was allegedly serving as an association manager in a letter from attorney Eric Glazer, who has represented residents at the condo, on Dec. 13.
Iglesias resigned his state position in early January, citing financial reasons. Iglesias insists he only worked for the condo after he resigned and signed a management contract with the board on Jan. 13.
“I was not employed by the DBPR while working for the association,” he said.
Yet El Dorado Plaza West approved his management company on Oct. 18, while he was still working for the state, and he described himself as manager of the condo in an email addressed to several residents on Oct. 30.
“If we have evidence that shows you were paid while you were still with DBPR, is there a problem with that?” Local 10 News investigative reporter Bob Norman asked.
“Could there be a problem with that? Yes, there could be a problem with that,” Quin answered.
In addition to money paid to his wife under a contract that purportedly included management fees,
Local 10 obtained a $500 check made out directly to Edy Quin from an El Dorado Plaza West bank account in November, while he was still employed with the state. He claimed he used that money to pay for common expenses at the condo and that he never served as manager prior to leaving the state.
Numerous residents complained about Iglesias, and not only for what they allege was his conflict of interest. Iglesias, who says he has completed law school but does not have a law license, is currently suing three residents for defamation, claiming, among other things, that they attacked “Mr. Quin’s good reputation as a professional financial investigator and a professional association manager with the intent to damage and injure Mr. Quin’s good professional reputation.”
When asked if it the lawsuit is designed to silence his detractors, Iglesias said, “I have a right not have (to) have my name muddied and sullied by people.”
Daniel Perez, the new manager of the condo, said El Dorado Plaza West was left in dire financial straits and said that Iglesias still hasn’t turned over many records related to his time in charge, something Iglesias disputes.
Many residents said they just hope the DBPR — which confirmed it has not one but two active investigations involving Iglesias — gets to the bottom of the conflict.
In a written statement emailed to Local 10, the agency was vague: “DBPR employees are required to comply with the Department’s conflict of interest policy, which mandates the ongoing duty to immediately disclose licensure, employment and additional information that may result in a finding of conflict. While the Department is unable to comment on the specifics of employee separations, we can confirm that Mr. Iglesias’ resignation was accepted on Jan. 12, 2018. The Department will continue to monitor and evaluate its employees’ conduct to prevent impropriety and maintain the public’s trust.”