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A violent twist in HOA fund case
Judge ordered sale of Koger Management Company and assets days before former chief financial officer charged with attempted capital murder

Date published: 2/7/2008

By DAN TELVOCK

Jeffrey S. Koger's life was already in turmoil when he encountered police officers in Northern Virginia Saturday.

Estranged from his wife, the 38-year-old Herndon man has been the focus of an embezzlement investigation since February 2007 in his role as the chief financial officer of Koger Management Group.

On Jan. 28, a bankruptcy court judge ordered the sale of the company and its assets.

Five days later, Koger was wounded in a shootout with police near the Springfield Mall, Fairfax County police spokesman Don Gotthardt said.

Then Monday, Fairfax police implicated Koger in the wounding of two men outside the Franconia Police Department.

He is now under police custody in the intensive care unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital with a gunshot wound to his midsection.

Koger is charged with the attempted capital murder of a Virginia state trooper in the shootout that sent him to the hospital. No charges have been filed in the shooting at the police station.

The turn of events have shocked those who knew Koger as a "nice guy."

Neighbor Mark Mannello said Koger has been trying to sell his $900,000 home. Koger also recently shaved his head, but Mannello said he didn't know why.

"I am very surprised at what has happened," Mannello said.

"Ever since this embezzlement thing, he seemed a little distracted. I never asked him about it. I never confronted him about it. I didn't sense that he was going to go off the deep end."

KOGER'S LOCAL TIES

Koger Management Group helped manage about 350 homeowners associations, including two dozen in the Fredericksburg region.

About 200 HOAs, including at least a dozen from this area, have filed $10.3 million in claims against the company in bankruptcy court. Villas of Falls Run and Falls Run in Stafford County filed claims that total more than $1 million.

Last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen S. Mitchell ordered the sale of the company and its assets. The judge also allowed the HOAs in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to file claims in a D.C. Superior Court lawsuit against Koger's wife, Amber Lynn Koger.


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A list of some of the Fredericksburg-area homeowner associations that have filed claims against Koger over missing funds:

Villas of Falls Run, $517,667

Falls Run, $448,681

Lakeview of Culpeper, $56, 288

Salem Fields, $55,248

Raintree, $10,798

Ballantraye, $7,521

Manors at Greenridge, $6,536

Hamilton's Crossing, $5,175

Hunters Pond, $1,621

Regency Park Villas, $858

Cabin Creekwood, $354

Smoketree, $271

Coventry Creek, $1 *

Potomac Village, $1 *

* Claim amounts can change during the bankruptcy process, but HOAs had until Dec. 4 to file some amount to be included in the case. A total of 199 HOAs filed claims against Koger Management Group, which now operates as Tri-State Management. A judge has ordered the company sold.