Timeshare scam artists jailed

A group of timeshare scam artists has been jailed for a total of 32 years.

The gang were sentenced after being found guilty of various fraudulent crimes which involved scamming up to 38 people – typically elderly – out of £1 million.

Emma Jelf, Luke Jiminez, Todd Mann, Toby Mann, Richard Buxton, Mandy Castellain, David Baylie, Amarjit Bagharian, Shivjit Bagharian and Neil Poole were part of a timeshare scam which ran from February 2011 to April 2013.

Quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Judge Roderick Henderson said: “The majority of advance fee frauds exploit the greed of the victims but in this case the victims already owned their timeshares and simply wanted to sell them on at a reasonable price.”

He added: “It involved the skillful and deliberate manipulation of vulnerable people. It is difficult to understate the cynicism and ruthlessness of this operation.”

One victim paid out £250,000, while another handed over his life savings to the scam.

If you think that you have been targeted by a timeshare scam, the team at Timeshare Help would like to hear from you. We may be able to get your money back if you paid for your timeshare purchase in the last 6 years on your UK credit card.

We could also terminate your timeshare maintenance contract, which would mean that you will never be responsible for making another annual maintenance fee payment again.

Call Timeshare Help for free on 0800 644 0103 for advice on whether we could help you.