Texas USA Timeshare News: December 6, 2014

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HOUSTON: Apparently the previously mentioned negotiations for plea deals with James Jarive, his former wife Varda and current wife Jiwon didn’t work out. A trial date for the three, who are the only remaining defendants in the Jariv timeshare resale telemarketing fraud trial case, has been reset (again).

The pretrial conference has been reset for April 13, 2015 and the jury trial has been reset for April 21, 2015 at 09:00 AM in Courtroom 11C before Judge Lynn N. Hughes.

Indicted on charges of 1 count of conspiracy to commit mail & wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and 2 counts of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, the Jarivs’ trial was scheduled to begin on October 7, 2014 but the prosecution filed an unopposed motion to set it back to sometime in December 2014 because the government and defense attorneys were trying to reach a deal that would avoid the necessity of taking up the Court’s time and resources with a trial and the government’s time and resources preparing to present the case.


To recap: James Jariv and seven others were arrested in Nov. 2012 in Las Vegas, NV but the case was transferred to Houston, TX where they were also wanted on the same charges. According to the indictment, between Feb. 1, 2011, and Jan. 31, 2012, the defendants would and did victimize approximately 1000 victims living in Canada and throughout the United States including the Southern District of Texas, and deposited into eight bank accounts approximately $6,925,137.04 in fraudulently obtained timeshare owner funds. Approximately $5,945,433.04 in victim funds were retained by, and subsequently transferred into, other accounts controlled by the defendants.

The Jariv companies were registered in various states, including Texas, Nevada, California, Illinois and Washington and conducted business at multiple addresses in Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle, according to court records.

The defendants allegedly used mailing addresses or “virtual office suites” in Las Vegas, Houston, Chicago and Seattle for receiving monies from timeshare owners via U.S. Mail or commercial interstate carriers like Fed Ex, all the while maintaining call center offices in Las Vegas, Houston, Chicago, and the greater Los Angeles-area from which the defendants, using telephones and email, contacted and communicated with timeshare owners, in an alleged scheme to defraud the timeshare owners of money.

The two conspiracy counts carry a maximum imprisonment of 20 years in federal prison but because the wire/mail fraud involved telemarketing that involved 10 or more victims over the age of 55, federal law provides for an additional 10-year sentence in addition to the sentence imposed for mail or wire fraud.

Meanwhile, the case against James Jariv concerning bio-fuel fraud in Las Vegas, NV is dragging along, too. That jury trial, which had been scheduled for December 1, 2014, has been continued to February 9, 2015 at 09:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6C before Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Stay tuned for news of that, too.

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Costa Rica Timeshare News: December 6, 2014

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GUANACASTE: ***For those of you who feel you have been scammed and lost money you need to make the effort to contact your local FBI office and report your losses, or better yet file a Form IC3, available online at http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx , which is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). The more people who file that form the better; as individuals (unless your loss is huge) not much will be done, but as a group you can pool your losses and possibly reach the criteria to set an investigation into motion.

Keep in mind that many of the people you may have dealt with in Costa Rica are U.S. citizens; they may be held liable for their actions under various U.S. statutes regardless of what country they were in when they defrauded you. (The Michael Kelly Ponzi scheme comes to mind…)

Take whatever evidence you may have, make your case and make sure you explain that others across the country are doing this, too, that the scheme affects many people from all over to the tune of millions of dollars.***

♦♦♦ Here’s something that may be important for you who are victims of their deceit: Some folks who have been taken by them are forming a group to share information and pool their resources to see what can be done to get satisfaction. Anyone with more information regarding these crooks or who want to share their own experiences should please email me at [email protected] and I will put you in touch with them (expect to be vetted by them to make sure you are who you say you are). They are working on getting these people put away and consider that if you all get together it will be a stronger voice.

In May 2014 a victim of the Coco Bay Estates scam shared her sad story with the world at scamorg. Essentially, this single mother thought she had purchased 5 weeks of fractional ownership at the resort, with all kinds of attendant benefits. She was a happy woman at the prospect of an improved future for herself and her son. You could even say she had high apple pie in the sky hopes.

But by May she realized that she, like so many others before and since, had been had. She wrote (emphasis provided by me):

Unfortunately not true, none of it was true. There is no Sale of my timeshare and no $2,600 and no Four Seasons for $450 a night let alone for the whole week. The annuity when I looked up the direction in Hong Kong is a fake company, just a mail drop. No Amerashare or any other company there. The access to the website is all you get and the prices are no better than you could do on your own. No Ritz Carltons or anything higher end than a 3 star resort. I lost a great deal of money I couldn’t afford to lose. The people at Coco Bay Estates should be ashamed of themselves for shattering peoples lives. And when I contacted them they wouldn’t return my money stating I signed the contract and that’s that. I hope my credit card company will rule in my favor since I contested the charges. They are all in on the scam and the owners of Coco Bay Estates are from the United States and my lawyers tell me they own property. There names are Jim and Gina Correll and Jullian and Karen Rembert. I plan on holding them accountable for this fraud perpetrated by these animals. Please contact me to start a class action lawsuit so we can seize the property and homes in the United States of these fraudsters.

In November this short note was added:

Anyone else ripped of by coco bay in costa rica. Please contact me at [email protected]

With some or most of the con artists who sold their various programs at Coco Bay Estates (and other properties in the area) having folded their tents and silently slunk away to less “heated” climes, the likelihood of getting law enforcement of any kind to call them to task for their infamy seems far away. They count on that, you know. Take the money and run. There is something deeply flawed in people like that.

So maybe that woman is right and the owners of the resort who allowed the scams to go forward should be held responsible. I dunno. What do you think?

PS: If you think the thievery that’s been going on in Coco Bay (and is STILL going on), read this comment.

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Mexico Timeshare FRAUD: December 6, 2014

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EVERYWHERE: It seems to be confusing to many potential victims of these scams that the scammers don’t initially ask for any money upfront. “They aren’t asking for money up front,” wrote one near victim of 111 Capital Management Corporation, “so what’s the catch?”

►►► In a nutshell, here’s how it works. In this particular type of scam the grifters take the time to hook their victims and reel them in before asking for money. They’re playing what’s called a “long con”, and they’ll take as much time as they need to get at your money.

Once they have you hooked with their official-looking documents (all forgeries) and convincing stories (all lies), they’ll suddenly discover some type of unanticipated fee or fine that must be paid before you can receive your funds. When you pay that, they’ll find ANOTHER one you must pay and so on until you are tapped out or refuse to pay any more. That’s when they’ll drop you like a hot rock.

Too often they will follow up at some later time with a second scam, a “recovery scam”, under different names in which they will try to convince you that they and/or some government agency have access to a special fund set up to reimburse you for money you lost in either the first scam or some other timeshare related fraud. You’ll have to pay to receive your “recovered” funds of course. See how it works?

This is not limited to Mexico, BTW, but scam artists there (often American expatriates) have taken it to new heights, probably at least partially because they don’t fear being arrested for it. It’s a sad deal.

Now for another scammer, who has been associated with the Coco Bay scams in Costa Rica. Prior to that he was operating out of Mazatlan and now he is working from Cabo San Lucas. His name is Kenneth Hastings, and you can learn more about him below the squiggly line.

Also below the squiggly line: A first person tale from someone who came within a hair’s breadth of being scammed out of thousands of dollars by Highland Park Real Estate and Equity Group in Detroit and Blue Star Escrow Services in Texas (both of those are scam companies) and wants to warn others.


But wait, there’s more!

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Timeshare Morning Meeting: December 6, 2014

This week’s timeshare sales tip:


REMEMBER: During the sales presentation most reps have a tendency to just inform their sales guests that (e.g.) “We have a zillion owners here at ‘Resort Happiness’ and there are a gazillion others (owners/resorts) worldwide who are also…”

Instead of just ‘sharing’ that information with the prospect, at the appropriate time during the presentation after the rep has informed the prospect of owner/member ‘numbers’ the rep should also ask their sales guests why they believe ‘Resort Happiness’ has a zillion owners and why there are a gazillion more in the worldwide system?

Then, regardless of the response(s), the rep should add that “Although it is mighty difficult to make all the people happy all the time, one of the main reasons for our success is we believe the greater our loyalty is to our owners the greater they will appreciate their ownership and vacationing experience. And that aspect alone has helped us grow tremendously year in and year out.”

By providing each prospect a compelling reason for those ‘numbers’, such as the developers allegiance and commitment to their ‘base’, the prospect will sense that a fidelity, bond or state of loyalty exists between the TS owner and their resort. When that message is shared with each sales guest by a savvy TS Pro he/she will surely will laugh all the way to the bank.

Join us for a pithy morning meeting timeshare sales tip of the week, originally published in InsideTheGate.com, to help you to greater success in selling timeshare. Brief and to the point, these sales training tips are designed to get you thinking, to expand your knowledge, to help you to become all that you can be in the timeshare sales arena.

Whether you’re an industry veteran or a green pea, it never hurts to brush up on your skills!

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Idle Timeshare Thoughts: December 6, 2014

It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.” -Mickey Mantle

I guess when you pay Ripoff Report for its “Businesses you can trust” certification (aka “Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program”) they stay bought.

Here we are well over a year since the owners of VO Financial Corp. (Adam & Ashley Lacerda) were found guilty of mail and wire fraud and put in prison, both VO Group and VO Financial exposed as frauds and the company itself is no longer even operating.

RioOff ReportBut boy oh boy if you look them up at Ripoff Report they’ve still got that “You can trust this company” logo with a halo on it slapped all over the entries for VO Financial.

It doesn’t say much for the ethical concerns of the company’s owner, does it? But then, those concerns have been front and center on the Internet for quite some time, with some going so far as to call what he does criminal extortion. I dunno about that, but geez, what a joke!

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Getting BIGGER: December 6, 2014

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Unlimited Vacation Club by AMResorts, a vacation membership program introduced just over three years ago, has accumulated more than 24,000 member families who now enjoy the benefits of guaranteed rates and VIP treatment when staying at one of their six resort brands.

In March 2014, the company reached the 20,000 member milestone within three years of launch, a record result for vacation ownership within the region, and accelerated growth has seen another 4,000 members added in the past several months.

UVC is a premier travel club that provides guaranteed rates and VIP treatment to its members allowing them to vacation at AMResorts brands in Mexico and the Caribbean, which include Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Now® Resorts & Spas and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas.

cheerleaderUnlimited Vacation Club: getting BIGGER!

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The Weekly Wisecrack: November 29, 2014

“I should have known it was too good to be true!

There’s no way we can get a week anywhere we want and when we want it with our lousy 2,500 frickin’ points!

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Comments if you’re so inclined…)


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Timeshare Odds and Ends: November 29, 2014

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Is your tummy still full from Thanksgiving dinner and the subsequent left-overs? Turkey sandwiches, turkey casseroles, ham and all the rest of the trimmings? I’ll bet you’re thankful for it all, right?

Scoop is thankful for all of that and also for the opportunity to have spent the majority of his adult working life in the ‘Land of Time’. There are lots of other things he’s thankful for, too, not the least of which is that in the vastness of space and the immensity of time he was eventually conceived, born healthy, lived a full life and traveled this beautiful “Pale Blue Dot”.

So what’s the Scoop? Did he go all profound on us this week? And how is it related to timeshare? Find out at Scoop du Jour: Eat The Dessert First

CNBC gave a report on the legal issues facing The Manhattan Club, and they weren’t gentle about it. Among other things they said:

One former owner recently told CNBC the deal was so bad he sold his penthouse time shares back to developers for $1 each, just to get out of paying the Manhattan Club’s annual fees.

After an investigation by the New York attorney general’s office in July, the Manhattan Club was slapped with a cease-and-desist order and AG Eric Schneiderman called it a “bait and switch” scheme.

This scandal is simply not going to go away any time soon. You can count on it!

Hey Wyndham Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN — really? You’ve talked a 76-year-old woman into buying 3 million points (*which she can’t use) at a cost to her of $3,800 per month(?) when her monthly income is $2,300 in Social Security and Pension benefits?

That’s what the crew at WTVC News 9 ABC is saying. The elderly woman is suing Wyndham for theft by conversion, fraud and violations of Tennessee’s Consumer Protection Act.

Wyndham, of course, will not comment on pending litigation but seriously, 3 million points to a 76-year-old? How did you let that happen? Are you even a little bit embarrassed? Facepalm


Where are YOU going this year?



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ITG Weekly Jukebox: November 29, 2014

I hope everyone had the kind of Thanksgiving you wished for. I know I did, and I’m thankful for it.

Now I have a special request from an old friend and I’m delighted to share it. I present the timeless song “Cool Change” by the Little River Band. This has always seemed an especially appropriate song for the itchy-footed among the timeshare sales clan, and my friend is definitely in that group.

Is it time for a cool change for you, too? ♥ ♫ ♪

The Weekly Juke Box aims to feature good music/good fun regardless of era or genre. Send in your own favorite and if I can find a good version on YouTube I’ll post it for you! What would you like to see or hear?

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West Virginia USA Timeshare News: November 29, 2014

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CHARLESTON: David Andrew Glynn -WV mugshotDavid Andrew Glynn, 47, who pled guilty Aug. 25 to conspiring to defraud timeshare owners throughout the United States and Canada, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for his sins.

He was also ordered to pay $97,254.42 in restitution.

Glynn and David “Brandon” Ball were arrested May 27, 2014 on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Mountain State Resales, LLC was registered as a legitimate West Virginia entity Sept. 30, 2013 by Mr. Glynn but it was a sham in that it falsely purported to be in the business of brokering timeshare sales. Glynn and his associates contacted timeshare owners and advised them the company had buyers for their timeshares, but the owners were required to pay bogus fees and expenses necessary to complete the sales. The callers used names such as Victor Morrison, Mark Patterson, Akmed and Mr. Byrd.

Timeshare owners were directed to send their payments to a South Charleston, WV address. In all, at least seven individuals together sent $69,526 to MSR but never received any benefits from it.

Not content to stop there, Glynn also operated a classic recovery scam, sometimes bamboozling his previous victims a second time by posing as an agent with Internal Revenue Recovery Associates, a fictional entity he claimed was affiliated with a governmental agency. Glynn represented that he was investigating timeshare fraud schemes and needed the victims of such schemes to send money to MSR to assist with its recovery efforts.

In his plea agreement Glynn admitted that MSR was not a legitimate business, and was created to defraud owners of timeshares. He also admitted that MSR received more than $86,000 from the fraud scheme. As part of the plea agreement, Glynn will be required to make full restitution. The actual charge to which he pled guilty is conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The maximum penalty agreed to in the plea agreement was 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain or twice the pecuniary loss resulting from his conduct, whichever is greater; and 3 years of supervised release.

It appears that this was not his first rodeo, either. You can read the FBI’s affidavit about the case here for more slimy details. I’d say he got off pretty easy…

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South Carolina USA Timeshare News: November 29, 2014

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MYRTLE BEACH: The new Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations resort under construction at North Ocean Boulevard and 22nd Avenue has been topped off amid much enthusiasm and is now scheduled to welcome its first guests during early July, 2015. To meet that goal, the company aims to get its certificate of occupancy in May 2015.

Ocean 22 by Hilton Grand Vacations at Myrtle Beach, SCAt 24 stories tall, the resort will dwarf most of its immediate neighbors and is among the tallest hotels along Ocean Blvd. It’s located two blocks from Myrtle Beach Convention Center and just eight blocks from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

To recap, the resort is slated to open in the early summer of 2015. It will initially be comprised of 220 units including one-, two- and three-bedroom ocean view and oceanfront suites. Amenities will include an outdoor feature pool, indoor pool and hot tub, pool bar, lobby bar, fitness center, grab-n-go deli and a dedicated kids’ area. Guests will also enjoy direct access to the public beach from the resort’s private pool deck area.

The 10,400-square-foot sales/preview center being built across the street from the tower is set to open in February, but in the meantime sales have been under way since March of this year, and word on the street says business has been brisk.

OUTER BANKS: In the getting BIGGER category, Virginia-based Gold Key Resorts announced in September that they’ve acquired Barrier Island Station in Kitty Hawk, an RCI-affiliated resort that is still in active sales. “Our goal is to revitalize Barrier Island Station into a world-class resort that enriches your vacation experience and increases your property value and exchange opportunities,” they told current owners in a letter of introduction. “Your ownership will not change, however your usage and enjoyment will.”

Consequent updates have brought some clarification to the company’s plans for the new addition to the Gold Key portfolio. For instance, the resort has been renamed to Beechwoods; to bring the property up to Gold Key standards a special assessment of $ $1650/unit is being charged; owners currently with RCI will remain in RCI; new units sold going forward will be affiliated with Interval International.

The fitness club has been torn down, the main building gutted and the indoor pool removed. New construction/renovations are already underway with all units and amenities (except an indoor water park) scheduled to be completed by May 2015. The indoor water park should be completed by August 2015.

This resort is not on the beach; it’s a short distance inland on wooded acreage behind a Walmart. The consensus of opinion among current Gold Key owners seems to be one of optimism, along the lines of “if Gold Key is doing it you can be sure it’ll be done right”. That’s pretty high praise!

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