News Release: January 14, 2009

For interviews contact: Andrea Reynolds

Forced into poverty by overzealous condo management, author launches money retrieval service to help others.

Prohibited from owning an online consulting business and from consulting by phone and email to Americans from her condo in St. Catharines Ontario, Canada, author Andrea Reynolds was forced to give up all income for 18 months and sell her new home at a loss. After 4 months of homelessness, the 59-year-old Reynolds is starting over.

To pay back $25,000 of credit card debt incurred to pay her mortgage, taxes and condo fees every month, and avoid more debt, she began recovering unpaid money for herself from people who hadn’t paid her or who didn't complete work she paid for. She now has an online service on to assist those who suffered similar injustices. Her hero is the late Robert Edmonds who sued the Ontario Lottery Corporation when a convenience store clerk stole his $250,000 winning lottery ticket.

Through she has successfully advocated for individuals who are too intimidated to take on a large organization with clout and endless resources to thwart their efforts to receive justice. "I simply use my investigative skills as a journalist,” she insists, “and appeal to their sense of reason and compassion for humanity. Companies will see that I don’t attack them or make them out as villains. It's in my, and their, best interests for me to make them look like heroes."

Safely back in the United States, Reynolds intends to raise money by writing, speaking, and selling her
how-to-earn-money and avoiding-bad-relationship e-books, including OutSmarting Sweetheart Swindlers, Cheap Thrills: 65 Low Cost, No Cost Romantic Activities for Valentine's Day, and No Surprises: 365 Critical Questions You Need to Ask Each Other Before You Marry. Even if she sells only 5,000 of her booklets she can stop the twice-daily, harassing calls and be debt-free. Contact her at or by email:

"These board members who had no experience managing a corporation denied me my rights under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Condominium Act, discriminated against me for being a smart woman, and failed to protect my safety", says Reynolds. “I was quiet, friendly, helpful to my neighbors, had no outside visitors or guests, no mail or deliveries, so why deliberately force me into financial ruin when men and board members are exempt from their rules?”

She continues, "In the building I owned one of the 8 largest condominium units. I was treated with hostility and contempt even though I paid the highest level monthly maintenance fee."

Not only did she have to live with 86-degree heat and second-hand smoke from renters below, Reynolds was bullied in the hallways, bitten twice by a menacing dog, threatened at gunpoint, cornered with a hunting knife at her throat to frighten her so she would stop earning income, and told she was being followed wherever she went so she only went out in daylight when the streets were most crowded. Management told her to "Keep your mouth shut" and that if she didn't comply with their order to stop earning income they would put a lien on her property to make escaping their oppression more difficult.

“All the while the board turned a blind eye to the gambling, drug dealing, firearms sales, and counterfeiting going on wit other residents in the building.” Reynolds adds sarcastically, "They seemed to think that quietly writing self-help books and selling them on a web site based outside of Canada is far more objectionable than these men's illegal activities. And what’s ironic is three directors bought my books and hired me to work for them and another held sales parties in her unit while she was a board member."

Will she sue the condominium association? Reynolds answers, "I'm now safe, with a great landlord, where I can seek damages and compensation.”

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