>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:
ORLANDO: Word on the street is that the NTOA (National Timeshare Owners Association) is in the getting BIGGER mode in that they have appointed 6 new Advisory Board members. The new guys are: Fermin Cruz (formerly with DAE, now rumored to be with weholi); David DeShaw, Chief Hospitality Officer at Capital Resorts; John Farrow, CEO of FARROW Commercial Construction; Bruce Griffith, a Canadian timeshare owner of long standing; Paul Mattimoe, President & CEO of Perspective Group who just accepted a similar position on the board for C.A.R.E.; and Joe Nahman, Owner of RMC Resort Management.
They join an already experienced and diverse board comprised of Wes Sattenfield, Dennis DiTinno, Michelle Donato, Suzanne Harris, Wes Kogelman and Bob Kobek.
I think that’s called a scoop.
NTOA has been expanding aggressively ever since Greg Crist took over the reins of the Association, and this is just the latest evidence of that.
WEST PALM BEACH: Another Florida-based telemarketer has paid the price for his part in the massive Palm Beach-based timeshare resale fraud known as C&G Marketing Associates, LLC. and Premier Timeshare Solutions (PTS).
Nathan Christian, 31, of Boynton Beach, FL, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois on his conviction for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. Christian, who worked as a “closer” at C&G, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release. The court also ordered Christian to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.
PTS operated out of offices located in southern Florida. The company targeted owners of timeshares throughout the United States and Canada who wished to sell their timeshares. By falsely representing that PTS had located buyers who were interested in purchasing the victims’ timeshares, the closers convinced the victims to pay upfront fees of approximately $2,000 to PTS. During the lifespan of the scam, PTS defrauded over 7,000 people out of approximately $14.5 million. Victims were located throughout the United States and Canada.
This prosecution is one of more than 50 timeshare resale fraud prosecutions brought in the Southern District of Illinois over the past four years. The case is part of an ongoing investigation by the St. Louis Field Office of the Chicago Division of the United States Postal Inspection Service. Both the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Department of Agriculture have assisted in the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Scott Verseman and Michael Hallock.
The big wigs in the scam have long since been arrested and sentenced. You can get the low down on everyone involved so far at this link. Get a cup of coffee and settle in for quite a read.
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