Police say Jim Unites Goshay Jr. embezzled $43,916 from the HOA, spending the money on hotels, a banquet hall rental and new tires for his vehicle. He’s accused of writing checks to himself and making ATM withdrawals just seven days after he became treasurer in February.
The neighborhood has an Acworth address but considers itself part of Kennesaw, according to the HOA’s website. The community is near Kennworth Park.
Goshay returned the nearly $44,000 he is accused of stealing after a criminal investigation began.
But police say it’s still a theft and a crime.
“It was unauthorized use of funds that didn’t belong to him so even though he did return the money, the decision was made that he needs his day in court,” said Lt. Craig Graydon with the Kennesaw Police Department.
On Sept. 23, 2012, a deposit of $11,000 was made into the HOA’s account, according to the arrest warrant. Another $10,000 was deposited Oct. 4, the warrant states, and a third deposit from Goshay put $23,000 into the HOA’s account.
Ultimately, it’s up to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office to decide whether to pursue charges against Goshay.
Goshay told the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office he is out of town and will turn himself in when he returns today, Graydon said.
Kurt Bryan lived next door to Goshay until he moved out of the subdivision earlier this year and said the accusations surprised him.
“I knew the guy. I talked to him all the time. I had no idea this was going on,” said Bryan, who resigned his position as secretary of the HOA when he moved from the neighborhood.
The HOA is moving forward as usual, said Flousel Coleman III, president of the association, who declined further comment.
“I would prefer not to respond because I don’t want to jeopardize the investigation,” Coleman said.
Goshay did not respond to a voicemail, text message and email sent Thursday.