(October 17, 2016) — June Andriulaitis, a Winter Park, FL, resident, has been arrested on charges of grand theft in connection to a scheme targeting timeshare owners in what is known as a “recovery” or “refund” scam.
Andriulaitis, 54, who was booked into the Orange County Jail on Oct. 12 on $500,000 bond, is a licensed timeshare salesperson who did business as Advocates for Senior, LCC. As the name of her company suggests, she targeted elderly people.
Her daughter and long-term boyfriend have also been named as suspects.
According to an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Andriulaitis identified victims of timeshare fraud using leads purchased from timeshare brokers online, contacted the victims and offered to recover money they had lost in timeshare transactions for a $99 fee. She then allegedly advised victims to mail a pre-authorized check and provide their bank account and routing numbers. Once the consumers paid the fee, Andriulaitis allegedly did nothing to help and in some cases, duplicated the payment process to collect $99 multiple times from the same victims.
According to the investigative report, Andriulaitis set up at least five illegitimate LLCs with slight name variances to run the operation. She allegedly stole $105,083 from nearly 450 victims located all over the country over two years.
“We will not allow unscrupulous individuals to further victimize consumers who have already been victimized by timeshare fraud and are seeking financial help,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a statement. “My Office of Statewide Prosecution will continue to partner with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to ensure any scammers seeking to make money with false promises are held accountable.”
“Agents believe there could be additional victims, both in Florida and outside of Florida,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “If you have information about this case, please contact FDLE Orlando at (407) 245-0888.”
Prior to the allegations made in this case, Andriulaitis was known to the Better Business Bureau from a pair of companies named Sun State Advocates, a timeshare relief outfit, and Sun State Recovery Solutions which offered debt consolidation services. Neither of those companies appears to still be in business.
Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
-by InsideTheGate.com staff