On Thursday 22nd January, EZE Group Europe Ltd director, Stephanie O’Reilly returned to Birmingham Crown Court after her case had been postponed for two weeks, following an application for legal aid.
Stephanie O’Reilly pleaded guilty on count 1 for the breach of professional diligence, between 1st January 2015 and 22nd May 2017 of being a trader, she knowingly or recklessly engaged in commercial practice, namely the sale of concierge lifestyle packages, which was unfair.
She also pleaded guilty on count 2 for engaging in an aggressive commercial practice. Between the time Stephanie O’Reilly was a trader, she significantly impaired the average consumer’s freedom of choice in relation to timeshare contracts.
EZE Group Europe Ltd and Stephanie O’Reilly used high-pressure sales tactics such as offering a free weekend break or cash prize, to persuade consumers to attend timeshare presentations in unfamiliar surroundings. These presentations were conducted over long periods of time and exploited the fear that consumers and their families were likely to face high ongoing financial liability with their current timeshare arrangements.
The company would tell consumers that if they purchased a concierge lifestyle package, they would get them out of their current timeshare contract, however, this was untrue. If the consumers refused, Stephanie O’Reilly and her father Dominic O’Reilly would tell them that they needed to pay for the free weekend break they offered, which was likely to cause the average consumer to make the decision to buy a lifestyle package which they wouldn’t have done otherwise.
Like her father, Dominic O’Reilly, Stephanie O’Reilly pleaded not guilty to the other 37 charges and count 40, which was read out separately upon the request from Action Fraud, due to the severity of the charge.
Stephanie O’Reilly’s unconditional bail was extended after a provisional date for sentencing couldn’t be decided. As of yet, a date hasn’t been confirmed.
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