Accused for Theft David McGrath Receives Cold Foot From Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

   Did elected by fraud, former CCV HOA Board president, David McGrath, use any Cross Creek Village HOA money to purchase a Down Town Hot Dog Restaurant called  Weeneez at 500 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles? 
David A. McGrath 

Did Brian Martin help him steal Homeowners money? Did Janice Meldola help David bring in his vendors to overcharge our HOA so they can collect kickbacks? Those two (Martin and Meldola) allegedly helped David harass CCV owners they did not like. They also voted to allow David to violate HOA Bylaws by allowing him to keep his ugly red sofa on his balcony. They also changed the Election Rules to allow themselves, and not the voters, to chose who is going to serve on the Board. In the same time this "gang" of power hungry board members, who support each other's positions on the Board, fined others indiscriminately, as part of their vindictive agendas against residents who opposed their abuse.

Using HOA founds, for their own purpose, they printed and distributed fraudulent flayers and used security guards under their control to post them all over the complex. McGrath reportedly terrorised 75 yr old HOA manager with antisemitic emails. McGrath also threatened violence against certain HOA members who spoke with foreign accent. McGrath used HOA money to pay his lawyer, Raymond Szu, to defend him from multiple Restraining Orders. And who came as his "I will say anything" witness!  BRIAN MARTIN!

Those two helped McGrath intimidated, fine and harass residents arbitrarily and allowed David to allegedly sexually harass janitorial employee of Hispanic national origin. It was reported in Media that this reported "thief", David A. McGrath, who in the dead of the night broke in  THE MUST restaurant and took over $100K worth of possessions of others, changed Weeneez's name to Stray Cat Cafe and gave the Police wrong last name to conceal his identity in their crime investigation. Guess who his lawyer is in this case? Raymond Szu; The same lawyer the HOA use and pays legal bills!

Lets review some known facts. Prior to joining the HOA Board, in Summer of 2009, this prolific trouble maker was driving a beat up Honda Civic with a busted up front bumper.  David the gambler, as he was also known at Cross Creek Village was constantly crying how deep in debt he was.  After he got on the HOA Board and after he was assisted by two of his close cohorts, Brian Martin and Jen Meldola (read about those two below), David brought in to fleece us, all his "overpriced vendors", against the HOA CC&R's and our By Laws, including his buddy janitor who did not have a company, let alone a required valid license! 

With help of Brain and Meldola, David also hired Ronald Culver who still fleeces the HOA using his buddy HASS Construction, Inc and collects unreasonable "supervising fees".

Barely an year after he managed to get on the HOA Board, David McGrath, the destroyer of  THE MUST restaurant and the defendant in the lawsuit for theft, managed to pay over $200,000 for Weeneez Hot Dogs restaurant! 

Cross Creek Village HOA members, if not from CCV member's paid HOA dues and vendors kickbacks , where did so much money come from all of the sudden? We believe that with help of Janice Meldola, HOA treasurer, McGrath utilised his access to CCV bank accounts and kickbacks from overpaid vendors, which he hired at above the market cost in exchange for  what else if not kickbacks? Stingy as he is known to be, McGraht never to our knowledge ever overpaid anyone who worked at his house so why is he, with the help of  Janice and Brian, overpaying vendors under his control?  If you have different explanation, please write to !

Accordingly, David McGrath is now sued for POSSESSION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, THEFT, CONCEALMENT, CONSPIRACY, INTENTIONAL INTERFERENCE WITH ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE, NEGLIGENT INTERFERENCE, which is self-explanatory. [See LA County Superior Court Case# BC441922 - Reads more below].

In February 2011, the LANC Board members denounced McGrath's trick/s and ruled against David's repugnant "middle of the nights" braking and entry in THE MUST restaurant. To give him a message that his bad acts will not be tolerated.  The City's Board properly turned his request for liquor license down  to protect the members of the Los Angeles Down Town Community.

Nevertheless, thanks to reckless support of JAN MELDOLA, BRIAN MARTIN and SANDRA KRADEN, Cross Creek Village members end up paying "inflated prices" for the construction work done by McGrath's ["Captain Steal some stuff in the middle of the night"] choice of vendors, such as Architect Ron Culver, and his construction vendor HASS Construction.

The inflated prices paid was EVEN MORE  then what we paid to certifiably bad HOA manager "Neda Firouz's connection", the shoddy contractor ETAN BINO;  Thanks to Brian Martin and Janice Meldola, the corrupted HOA Board paid $66,000 for repair of the staircases, which multiple reputable contractors offered to fix  for $30,000 and this borders criminal! Clearly, we the homeowners are the victims of the Board Members' Ripoff and are entitled to compensation in the amount of damages such negligent hiring had caused us.

As mentioned above, we believe that David McGrath purchased the share of the "Stray Cat Caffe" from Julie Ricco in Down Town Los Angeles, using  our HOA money filtered out of the massive spending on overpaid construction including flat out ugly metal handrails mounted on top of the wooden handrails. Did you ever see such UGLY and UNNECESSARY addition in any decent HOA complex? NO!

The HOAMcGrath's vendors are hired illegaly without a signature of the HOA Secretary Masao Kitamura. Kitamura, who rarleyl came to Board meetings refused to sign those for a good reason.

There is overwhelming evidence that McGrath caused harm detriment of the HOA members. From hiring his buddy Janitor who didn't even have a company at the time of the hiring oto his gambler lawyer friend Raymond Szu, David brought in one by one his buddies as vendors to tap the HOA accounts.

Click here to read what an Article on "LA Blogger" says!)

"Approximately 20 members of the public turned up to oppose McGrath's plans, with most speakers citing the manner in which McGrath gained possession of the bar space as their primary objection."

Sara Jones said: "Based on several documents that were made public about the whole Must issue that were passed out during the meeting, it would be hard for David McGrath to get any support from DT residents."

Casey said: So basically, of the entire council, only one person thought that Captain "Steal some stuff in the middle of the night" should be allowed to sell alcohol at this location ( I will not mention this person's name).  Everyone else either stood up firmly against it, or said they would NOT endorse it. The endorsement is what he (David A McGrath) was asking for.

Cross Creek Village HOA is also sued because of  David McGrath , Brian Martin and Janice Meldola. Because of them, the HOA is likely to accrue future loses and suffer perils we don't deserve.

David and his group (Brian Martin, Jan Meldola and Sandra Kraden) are not the people we can or should trust  to handle our HOA money! 


David A. McGrath
        The laughing man on the picture, David McGrath, (an avid gambler and "thanks to HOA election fraud" a current HOA Board President) knows that the wheels of justice move slowly.... and that is what he counting on as, one can infer, he proceeds along with his next scam... or should we say a "Concept"?

       After waiting for emplyees to leave THE MUST restaurant, under the cover of darkness, at about 2:45a.m. on July 4th, 2010 David McGrath broke in and entered, without permission, into popular Down Town Wine Bar & Restaurant called THE MUST. According to too many online and TV reports (click on the link above and the KTLA link below) and Court Filed documents, David McGrath came with a moving truck and took away everything he could from inside the thriving business; tables, chairs, food, wine even napkins and china!!! What a daring crook!?!  David deliberately ransacked and destroyed a thriving business owned by two female owners. David also ruined 18 jobs that literally fed that many families!!! 

          In your opinion, is the person who does such horrible thing the person we can trust with our money?  And what about his two supporters, Jan and Brian, who keep David on the Board of Directors? Can we trust this "3-some" on the HOA Board with our joint equity, which for the reason known to them they spread throughout numerous secretly opened HOA accounts, without ANY notice to members?

         This Down Town LA saga is fueled by CONSPIRACY, FRAUD, CONVERSION and THEFT, which we also believe is what is going on here at The Cross Creek Village HOA. We believe this to be true based on THE HARD FACTS that David's lawyer Raymond Szu received over $93,000 from HOA, while his other man, Ron Culver, the Architect receiving over $100,000 for drawings we did NOT need, while HIS preferred contractor, H.A.S. Construction, received over $300,000 based on the invoices padded with funny "supervision fees" and other over the market "bloatware" WE DON'T NEED! 

Ironically, after so many warnings we heard about him at our HOA, David A McGrath, is sued elsewhere under the UNLIMITED JURISDICTION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT [ Case# BC441922 ] also for CONVERSION, THEFT (Penal Code § 496), TRESPASS, NEGLIGENCE, CONSPIRACY, N.I.E.A., and more. 
LAWSUIT: The paragraph 29 of the complaint reads as follows:
29. In taking, wrongfully possessing, and detaining the property described above, the New-Tenant Does' (David A. McGrath) conduct was willful and was intended to cause injury to R City in that New-Tenant Does took R City'S property secretly, at night over a holiday weekend with full knowledge of the impact that such removal would have on R City's business and the welfare of its principals and employees. R City is therefore entitled to an award of exemplary damages.

STAY TUNED AS DAVID'S FRAUD AND THEFT CAUSED COURT SAGA UNFOLDS! As one of the readers wrote in LA Blog, "This script is only beginning as the new summer blockbuster Monster movie starts. Starring David McGrath!" 
     "This story is huge because it has drama, injustice, and one heck of a fabulous here to read the article.."

Click here for KTLA's TV coverage describing David's Act ... Watch this video and see what David did under disguise of darkens during the Independence day holiday weekend. This is the type of behaviour HOA General Manager, Mark Montgomery, was warning us repeatedly about when he said, loud and clear, David's dishonest and illegal acts are causing substantial damage to our HOA. Please note that at the time when "robbery" was reported reporters did not know David's name and that David McGrath is the perpetrator. To hide his involvement, David deceptively gave police fake name to avoid  criminal charges for grand theft, conversion, etc, which instead got filed against Julie Rico, David A. McGrath's alleged partner and co conspirator in this awful "scam".

The Homeowners at Cross Creek Village was forewarned about David's lying in his Election BIO, about his lack of moral and his declared intentions to bring in all his vendors and collect kickbacks.... now just think, if David is capable of braking in and destroying a women-owned businesses in the middle of the night for the sake of making money, what is David going to do at Cross Creek Village HOA after he and Jan Meldola opened number of new accounts and commingled founds without any records in the HOA Board Meeting minutes?

CONFLICT OF INTEREST:  In the above stated lawsuit David is represented by his personal and (also) HOA lawyer Raymond Szu (click on the link!) Since this is truly inappropriate, one of our great homeowners asked, will perfidious Jan Meldola, HOA treasurer and one of David's two supporters, write HOA checks to Raymond Szu for work done on David's case but camouflaged as service done to HOA?   Think for a moment,... in your opinion, what is David likely to do with the access to our HOA money when no one is watching and at the time when Jan Meldola, his next door neighbour, is admitting to writing checks at her own unit using QuickBooks, which goes against all Accounting Safeguards?

 Comment #2:     "David's adventures as the unpopular president of his homeowners association reminds me, that Julie Rico (co-defendant) has at last found her soul mate. It would make a good movie, ala The Grifters."

 Obviously, DAVID'S BAD REPUTATION is growing and is stretching wide from Inglewood, CA to Down Town Los Angeles, where David's recent villain acts will clearly NOT be tolerated!

LAWSUIT UPDATE: On October 29, 2010 Judge Rico issued a Writ of Possession against David McGrath directing County Sheriff to seize from David about $100,000 worth of possessions he robed from two female owners in the middle of the night and whose business David in cold blood ransacked during July 4th National Holiday.

This is what one reader had to say: "....but don't forget the compelling story of Chef David McGrath's ambitious step forward. From grinding out discount surf-and-turf specials at the racetrack casino, he's now poaching eggs and mixing applesauce in pancake batter. What an exciting career move!"
Do you believe that David brought in all his vendors to work for HOA because he likes the HOA or because he likes the kickbacks that comes with vendors who loves to be paid OVER THE MARKET?
As always, Your Comments are welcomed!


Jan Meldola
The Government is duly investigating David A McGrath and his patsies' Brian and Meldola's illegal acts of abuse and discrimination in housing. The Government is keeping the CCV HOA and The HOA Board President David (see the "laughing man" above), under watch because reportedly David and Brian Martin conspired with Jan Meldola, (women stuck in floaters to the right), to deny rights, slander with flayers and harass employees and honest residents who protested their swindling machinations at this 532 units condo complex in Playa Del Rey, CA.  This group also conspired to omit disclosing important financial information, which the law requires. Especially the information about their gross overpayment of contractors!

THREATS AND HARASSMENT: To silence protest this group of three improperly used HOA fines and other means of harassment and repression of certain HOA Board candidates during and prior to election, to corruptly retain control of the HOA Board of Directors.  - Look at that happy smile above… the single life is great once you conspire against your neighbors and you believe that you can play by your own set of rules to disadvantage of others!

Based on reliable sources at the CCV HOA, David, Jan and Brian have also conspired to fire DMS Janitorial company and hire David's Buddy for the job, after female DMS Employee reported David was sexually harassing her to our manager.  In doing so they have acted above the scope of their authority given by The HOA Governing Documents and will for that reason and more be personally liable for legal cost, etc. 

If anyone at Cross Creek Village hears even a "whisper of a threat" (inside joke for lawyers) from DAVID or his CHEERERS, Brian Martin and Jan Meldola, regarding public comments made on discussed matters, know that the law protects those engaged in public debate. It's called SLAPP, and it could break DAVID'S GROUP if he and his pesky supporters get frisky again.

 Brian Martin
If found guilty, we should insist that Brian Martin, Jan Meldola and David McGrath pay fine out of their own pockets, instead of burdening HOA with cost of their bad and abusive acts.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: If Brian Martin and Jan Meldola don't like Public Comments, about the disservices their group has done to our community by following David's path, they are welcome to pack up their cheer skirt and pom poms and resign today, along with David. It simply isn't necessary to endure the losses ahead!

Email us at  if you're threatened in any or are in any way exposed to unfair or disparate treatment.


Courtesy of By Chester D. M'Bezlah
Copyright 2005 HOA Fraud Investigations News Services

President Reagan coined the term "VOO DOO Economics". More recently, we Californian's have heard the term "Enron-itis".

HOA Fraud Investigations News Services"CREATIVE" Accounting also known as "Cooking the Books" is alive and well in California Homeowner Associations. Residents are being victimized by Enron-like fraudulent accounting practices as board members and managers conceal, hide and cover up stealing, gross negligence and failure to comply with Section 1366 of the California Civil Code.

All over Southern California HOA reserve trust fund accounts have been raided and in fact depleted for such frivolous and fool hearty endeavors as construction defect quality cyclical maintenance and repair projects, slipshod and fly by night Board Member's vendors, litigation to line the pockets of HOA lawyers to clean up the debacles created by the previously referenced projects and vendors, and overlooking stealing, embezzlement and gross mismanagement of HOA trust funds.

David McGrath and his "Cheer Group"  featuring one Brian Martin and Jan Meldola, the only 2 attending Board Members during recent Election (everyone else refused to be associated with this group),  made sure that no less then $53,000 of our money goes to David's lawyer Raymond Szu for his attempts to illicitly change our Bylaws under false pretext that he is changing the "Rules" and to harass a member whose right to be seated as a Board Member has been corruptly and unlawfully denied. Mr. Szu is very capable gentlemen. He is not only a lawyer but also a passioned and seemingly professional gambler who regularly plays in Poker tournaments for money.  To find out how successful he is in changing employers and his Poker game, Google his name to believe what's you'll see.

Read the entire article here...






Every grammar school student will tell you that fiduciary (e.a. agent, board member,etc) is obliged to not pay more for the job when he uses other people’s money then when he uses his own. The word "FIDUCIARY" itself comes originally from the Latin fides, meaning faith, and fiducia, trust. A fiduciary is expected to be extremely loyal to the person(s) to whom she owes the duty. He/she must not put his personal interests before the duty, and must not profit from his position as a fiduciary, unless the principal consents. Yet, some ‘clever” Board members and “industry specialist” flouts the law and do exactly the opposite when they conspire to tap the HOA “Gravy Train” by overcharging the projects so they can share the overcharged amount. [Read below the article about the CCV Building F / A Staircase job at double the market price, OUUUCH!]
* defines "Gravy Train" thusly:
This is in contrary to fiduciary legal standards. If this sounds as one of the Cross Creek Village HOA dramas it is because this concept applies and is equally used in all HOA's. How it works? Huh, when was the last time you heard of one rattlesnake biting another; apparently you always have one "know all" person on the Board of Directors who gives the initiatives, (because she/he planes to take “bonuses” from preferred vendors he/she brings in), but in order to have the majority approve his/hers desired action, he/she lavishesp those semi-pasive and pasive Board Members in “ego gratifying” compliments, which makes unpaid "Board Members" feel important so they support any intiative the, complicit in fraud, Board Member suggests!    

Click on the link above to read the American Homeowners Resource Center article which will help you understand how the "experts" fleace HOA by using Board Members with so called "Alpha Dog" mentality. This may also help you understand better why and how CCV end up paying 2X the market cost for the Staircase "F/A" Project.