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Florida USA Timeshare News: February 11, 2017

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TALLAHASSEE: Florida’s Attorney General obtained a temporary injunction and asset freeze last year against a travel company operating out of St. Augustine, after which the court-appointed receiver for the company determined that it could not be operated legally and shut the business down.

The AG and the business have now reached an agreement that permanently shuts down Map Destinations, LLC and its owners, operators and managers, 1st Choice Sales and Marketing, Inc., Peggy Bronaugh-Lehman, Kevin V. Lehman and Charles B. McIntyre III, resolving allegations that the defendants misled consumers who purchased the company’s travel club memberships.

Additionally, Attorney General Bondi reached a separate agreement with Thomas Bradley Middleton, who solicited consumers to listen to Map Destinations’ sales pitch.

The defendants sold travel club memberships to consumers for thousands of dollars. Map Destinations promised consumers that these memberships would provide access to discounted travel available on a members-only website and a toll-free customer service line staffed by travel experts. Consumers complained that Map Destinations and its owners overstated the savings and nature of the travel benefits available through its travel club memberships and engaged in deceptive sales tactics at sales presentations.

As part of the settlement, the travel company and owners are banned from selling travel club memberships in Florida for five years and agreed to relinquish previously frozen assets. From the dissolution of these assets, $300,000 will be made available for consumer redress. Map Destinations agreed to cease all operations and dissolve the company.

The defendants are also barred from disclosing the personal and financial information of Map Destinations’ customers. That’s a good thing.

Additionally, the settlement imposes a $500,000 penalty if Lehman or McIntyre violate the five-year prohibition and a $25,000 penalty if Middleton violates the five-year prohibition.

Do you suppose they’ll just pick up and move somewhere outside of Florida to begin new continue their operations? Or will they find an honest way to make a living in the Sunshine State?

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