A 43-year-old Miramar Beach woman was sentenced to five years in prison after she was caught running a property management firm without a license.
In July 2009, a couple hired Connie Jo Hludzik to rent out their condo, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hludzik told the couple she ran a company called CJ’s Cleaning and Property Management LLC.
Hludzik rented out the condo, and turned over two checks to the owners totaling $1,746, the release said. The checks failed to clear the bank, and investigators learned that Hludzik did not have a real estate license.
Also in the summer of 2009, a man sent Hludzik a $400 check to reserve a condo in Destin for a week, the release said. The man was unable to make further contact with Hludzik.
Hludzik pleaded no contest Tuesday to grand theft and to being an unlicensed real estate broker. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
She remains a person of interest in a few similar fraud cases in Florida, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
This is a huge scam that I am so disappointed to hear about. The women rightly deserves 5 years in prison. I do hope that other scam artists read this article. Realtors can all be aware and report any suspicious activity to their local boards as well.