A gang of timeshare fraudsters have been jailed for a total of nearly 48 years after conning consumers out over £1 million.
The gang operated under the company names of Sun Property Solutions and Avon Client Services and cold-called elderly and vulnerable people from around the country, promising to sell their timeshare investments for handsome returns. They tricked 38 consumers into handing over up-front costs such as tax and legal fees. However, Sun Property Solutions and Avon Client Services made no effort to sell the timeshares and instead pocketed the tax and legal fees, with one consumer parting with over a quarter of a million pounds.
The scam continued for over 2 years until West Midlands Police launched a Proceeds of Crime (POCA) Investigation, following reports to Action Fraud. Detective Constable Paul Baker commented: “When [the consumers] tried to get out of the ‘contract’ they thought they were in, they were threatened with legal action and continued to pay for a service that was non-existent”.
The sentencing took place at Birmingham Crown Court, in 2016.
The sentences were as follows:
- Emma Jelf, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to defraud and pleaded guilty to money laundering.
- Luke Jiminez, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
- Todd Mann, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
- Richard Buxton, was sentenced to five years, seven months in prison for conspiracy to defraud.
- Toby Mann, pleaded guilty to money laundering and received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, 150 hours community service and a 12- month supervision order.
- David Baylie, pleaded guilty to money laundering and was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and 170 hours community service.
- Neil Poole, pleaded guilty to money laundering and received a prison sentence of one year and 20 weeks suspended for 24 months, and 200 hours community service.
Brothers Amarjit Bagharian and Shivjit Bagharian were both sentenced to seven years and two months and Mandy Castellain was sentenced to six years and seven months for conspiracy to defraud. In May 2018, a judge sitting at Birmingham Crown Court deemed all three had ‘hidden assets’ and ordered them to pay £30,000 within the next three months or have another 15 months added to their sentence.
If you or anyone you know has been scammed by Sun Property Solutions and Avon Client Services, get in touch with Timeshare Help. We could help terminate timeshare maintenance fees and make a claim to get your money back. We work on a no win no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful you don’t need to pay us a penny.
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