‘Timeshare fraudster ordered to pay £1000’s to victims’

Further actions have taken place in a criminal case that KwikChex supported with evidence gained from investigations and consumer reports.

Frank Madden was previously sentenced to 40 months imprisonment for operating a bogus holiday discount club scam and has now been ordered to pay back £20,000 and had further banning orders imposed.

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Timeshare fraudster ordered to pay £1000’s to victims
(BCP Council, 8th July 2019)

Holiday ‘fraud’ probe needs cash to bring prosecution

DailyEchoCredits: Bournemouth Echo
By: Steven Smith, Chief Reporter

THE latest investigation into a convicted conman from Bournemouth is at “an advanced stage” – but Trading Standards officers face not being able to bring a prosecution because of the cost.

Kwikchex, a Bournemouth-based firm that manages a website advising consumers regarding businesses that operate in the timeshare sector, has been providing information for the investigation.

Chris Emmins, co-founder of Kwikchex, said: “Such offers are usually revealed as false, with consumers able to purchase at similar or lower prices, particularly on the internet or teletext, without any need to pay upfront.”

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Investigators suspect fraudster still targeting elderly for scams – but, incredibly, say they can’t afford to prosecute after savage cuts

DailyMailCredits: Daily Mail
By: Sarah Bridge

Mail on Sunday article about serial timeshare fraud offender Frank Madden reveals problems Trading Standards face – and includes how KwikChex is cooperating with them to assist investigations and prosecutions. All consumer reports to KwikChex and the Timeshare Task Force are also made available to the relevant authorities regardless of the subject of the report to ensure correct processes take place and to increase enforcement effectiveness.

Above excerpts and read the full article on www.dailymail.co.uk