South Florida LGBT Community Reacts to Protest Against Management of Wilton Manors Condo
It used to be a divisive issue, commenters questioning SFGN’s ethics, journalism, and stake in a year-old investigation into a local Ponzi scheme that rocked a gay community - it all started with a story in February 2012.
The scheme exposed by SFGN’s investigation revealed that local socialite Jim Ellis was a front and decoy for George Elia, enticing Wilton Station residents with promises of riches and fortune in exchange for their investments. Courting prospective targets at local gay bars and in lavish parties at the condo complex, Ellis repeatedly proffered to others that he himself had invested his own money and inheritance as part of the lure. In fact, prosecutors charging Ellis revealed he had no inheritances, and was simply acting fraudulently as a front for Elia, who’s now in jail and facing up to 180 years in jail. Ellis pleaded guilty on Feb. 1 and awaits an April sentencing.
But it was the story of an alleged victim of the scheme, Michal Nunnenkamp, that set the community on full comment-rage. He protested the scheme in front of Wilton Station on the morning of Feb. 19, calling Jim Ellis and his daughter Janet (a property manager at Wilton Station) thieves. After the story was published online, Wilton Station’s board president, Peggy Kennedy, called SFGN’s CEO and threatened to sue the paper.
We’ve compiled some of those trigger-happy comments:
"Someone here predicted months ago that others have been involved besides Jim and George. So far things are progressing in this direction.
The BOD’s should all be accountable, previous administration and current.
Janet has known all along what has been happening and she could only care about one person, EVIL JANET!!
I wish I had never purchased a home here."