Associated Timeshare Business
Associated Company Name:Club Riviera
Details of criminal activity:During the late Eighties and early Nineties, Club Riviera's aggressive sales methods made it Britain's biggest timeshare company. The company became notorious for its use of the 'buy-sell scam'. Timeshare owners were told that if they bought a new apartment from Club Riviera, their existing unit would be sold for them at a profit. But those who signed up found the second part of the deal was never followed through. They were left paying for two apartments.
Club Riviera was denounced in Parliament for intimidating customers, repossessing properties without due warning, and offering phoney buy-back guarantees.
In 1992, after a stream of complaints over false claims made by salesmen, the company was banned by the Office of Fair Trading from offering credit facilities to timeshare buyers.
Authority Actions:Jun-1999
* Jailed for 5 years.
* Ordered to pay costs of £239,000.
* Convicted of fraud.
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