Victims Claim Neighbor Andrea Victoria Cohen Spread Lies, Now Suing For Slander.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. July 24, 2021: Addition of tax lien document filed by the IRS now included, below.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A homeowner in the high-end community of Lotus on Lyons Road in West Boca Raton is accused of spreading lies — in writing — about other homeowners in her community.
Andrea Cohen is now being sued for libel and slander. She is accused of sending what Michael and Shawna Camilleri claim is a letter full of lies to other residents in Lotus. The letter accuses the Camilleris of federal tax fraud, running a pyramid scheme, and more. Cohen, however, has not filed a fraud lawsuit against Michael and Shawna Camilleri. While there is an IRS lien on the Camilleri’s home, there is no apparent legal documentation supporting Cohen’s allegations of fraud.
This is the text of the message Andrea Cohen allegedly sent to members of her community:
“Our neighbors, Shawna and Michael Camilleri, are scam artists. They convinced my husband and I to invest $200,000 in their insurance company. DO NOT invest with them!!!! You will never see your money again.
They will befriend you and play the sympathy card to suck you in. The wife does all the dirty work and uses her kids to lure you in. You will donate to her charity or invest in his business and then your money is used to pay their debts. They owe the IRS millions of dollars. They run a pyramid scheme to fund their insurance company.
They moved from Bocaire and collect rent from their house there to pay for the mortgage here. They do not declare their income to the IRS. Research them for yourself and make your own determination. Check out the Palm Beach County records.
Of course, they invite everyone to do an Easter Egg hunt at their house. They need more suckers.
DO NOT TRUST THEM!!!! I was hoping to move into a nice neighborhood with nice families and we were scammed right away. I can’t believe we fell for their deceitful acts of kindness!!!!”
BocaNewsNow.com could not locate any active litigation against Michael or Shawna Camilleri in the Palm Beach County Clerk’s database. There is a lien filed by the IRS on record with the Palm Beach County clerk, valued at roughly $1,700,000. A lien is defined by the IRS this way: “A federal tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.” A federal tax lien does not indicate fraud. There is no litigation against the couple in PACER, the federal court database.
Writes attorney Kelly Rowley, representing the Camilleris: “The letter accuses the Camilleris of, among other things, being ‘scam artists’ who run a ‘pyramid scheme to fund their insurance business.’ The letter further accuses the Camilleris of being ‘deceitful’ and engaging in federal income tax improprieties. These outrageous statements in the letter are objectively and demonstrably false. Upon information and belief, Cohen published the letter in a group text or similar ‘chat’ communication involving 16 others who are residents and neighbors in the Camilleris’ community.”
Also writes Attorney Rowley: “Cohen’s publication exposed the Camilleris to hatred, distrust, ridicule, contempt, and disgrace.”
The lawsuit seeks a jury trial, and damages in excess of $30,000, the statutory minimum for filing in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Cohen lives on Sparkling River Road in Boca Raton. The Camilleris live on nearby Skyward Street.
The lawsuit, just filed, appears below. If the document does not populate, use this to access.
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