>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:
FORT LAUDERDALE: Ashley Lowton, 24, who was indicted in April for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with the massive Mega Media and Marketing Group timeshare resale scam, has pled guilty. He was one of 41 people arrested in connection with the fraud and he will be sentenced July 29.
According to officials, Lowton worked for the company from July 2009 to May 2010, using the alias Scott Peterson, and called timeshare unit owners throughout the U.S., offering to help sell the time-share units, records show. He told the owners to finalize the sale that they would need to pay a deposit or closing fee for $1,996 or more charged to their credit cards that would be refundable at closing.
However, the sales were false and the money was instead kept by the company. Federal officials said Lowton collected $197,916 from more than 50 victims as part of the fraud.
This is part of the government’s case against Timeshare Mega Media and Marketing Group, Inc. that has been ongoing for a couple of years. In October 2010, a federal court halted the operation and froze the defendants’ assets, pending resolution of the case. You can read up on it, and get more names of people arrested and/or sued, here, here, and here.
LAKE BUENA VISTA: On March 28, 2013, Disney Vacation Development filed its first sales-related documents with the Orange County Comptroller for the forthcoming Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, getting everyone excited about the much-anticipated new resort. And though the Grand Opening isn’t expected until October, sales began on May 23 for existing DVC members, and will open on June 19 for everyone else.
Disney Vacation Club is building 106 two-bedroom equivalent villas on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon as part of a previously announced expansion of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa that will also include a children’s water-play area and other amenities.
Once opened, the new property will feature deluxe studios and one-bedroom villas that sleep five guests, as well as two-bedroom villas that sleep nine guests. Additionally, expansive grand villas will sleep 12 guests and will feature multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, as well as a media room with a home theater system It is within walking distance of a monorail ride to the Magic Kingdom.
You can check out the announcement and take a tour of one of the models via this video from Ken Potrock, Senior Vice President and General Manager Disney Vacation Club.
ORLANDO: Back in April 2012 I mentioned Premium Timeshare Depot, a timeshare resale company owned by Brandon T. Booth that had been in business since 2008. There were/are a ton of online complaints about them, and they had an “F” rating with the BBB. That company (Premium Land Depot LLC, also known as Premium Timeshare Depot) filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on April 9, 2012. They claimed $4.43 million in liabilities and $5,329 in assets. I found the timing of that bankruptcy suspicious, but that’s not what I’m talking about today.
You see, Brandon Booth also owns Right Price Point Property LLC (aka RTP Property LLC), incorporated in February 2011, which seems to have taken up where Premium Timeshare Depot left off. This company, a timeshare resale/rental company, also has a big fat “F” rating with the BBB.
Here’s the thing. I received a cryptic tip that Brandon T. Booth had been arrested in March, but I had some difficulty following up with the tipster so I looked it up on my own. Sure enough, on March 9 someone with that name was indeed arrested in Orlando and there is a mug shot — but there was no information available about what he was arrested for, etc. Here’s the scanty record:
Booking Number: 13008463
Booked by Orange County Corrections
Date of Birth: 11/10/1980
Age at Booking: 32
Last Known Location:
Date Booked: 03/09/2013
Time Booked: 02:46pm
Number of Holds: Contract Billing
Further searches only said about charges “Other”. What the heck is that? And it would appear that he must have bonded out, since he doesn’t show up as being held in jail at this time.
Nor could I find any photos online that I could positively identify as being connected with Right Price Point Property’s owner, to compare to the mugshot. So, is this a mugshot of that Brandon T Booth, or of some other Brandon T Booth? And who out there knows what the charges against him might have been?
If my tipster would kindly email me with more info (you’ll remain anonymous) I’d sure appreciate it. Inquiring minds want to know.
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