If you have been falsely accused

Tell the truth—as God knows it.

When I was president of the board of a condominium homeowners' association, I was wrongly accused. In December of 1993 I put my unit up for sale. Then in January our building suffered damage from the Northridge (Los Angeles) earthquake. We had the building inspected by a structural engineer, got his report, and started getting bids for the recommended repair work.

A few weeks later I learned that my neighbor had sent a letter to the homeowners stating that the building was in much worse shape than the report stated and that the recommended repairs would be inadequate. She indicated that I, as president, had either deliberately misled the engineer or selected an engineer who would falsify his report at my request. She implied I wanted the inadequate repairs because they would be quick and I would sell my unit faster. None of this was true.

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