|Associated Company Name:||Devon Based Associates
(Dissolved on 10 February 2015)
|Details of criminal activity:||Pretended to be offering a compensation package to disgruntled timeshare owners but were actually offered over-priced deals to get out of their contracts. Used hard sell based on scare tactics.|
* Business shut down by Trading Standards.
* Convicted of 3 offences contrary to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading regs.
* Suspended 12 month sentence.
* 200 hours unpaid community work.
* Disqualified from being a company director for five years.
* Faces seizure of his assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
* Ordered to repay £100.
|Associated Company Name:||Saint Frances Marketing Limited
(Trading as Buena Viva and Classic Cruisers)
|Details of criminal activity:||Offered potential customers in Exeter, Torquay and Taunton ‘free’ or ‘heavily discounted’ holidays which were the ‘opportunity of a lifetime’. Interested parties were misled into believing that once purchased, they could not cancel their holiday contracts – despite being bought with cancellable credit agreements. The company also wrongly told customers it would buy the products back at their original price after two years.|
* Given a 3 year conditional discharge at Exeter Crown Court after pleading guilty to specimen charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
* Ordered to pay £12,500 in costs.
|Information Sources:|| http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/exmouth_timeshare_boss_didn_t_pay_costs_1_973864|
|John Girvin (Brothers)
Mark (Marc) Herbert
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