N.D. AG takes on timeshare company

Nick Rees Dec. 8, 2009, 1:00pm


BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued a cease and desist order against a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., timeshare company for violations of North Dakota's consumer fraud, home solicitation sales and do not call laws.

C & G Marketing Associates, doing business as Premier Timeshare Solutions, and its principals, Jose Goyos, also known as Jose Manuel Goyos, and Kristina Cameron, are alleged by Stenehjem to falsely promise timeshare owners that they have buyers for the consumers' timeshares. The consumers are then charged thousands of dollars in advance for services or sales that never occur, he alleges.

"Premier's deceptive sales practices constitute an absolute scam. Premier's claims that they have buyers for the timeshares are untrue and are nothing more than a ruse to obtain money under false pretenses," Stenehjem said. "This conduct in North Dakota will be prosecuted."

One consumer complaint filed with the Consumer Protection Division alleges that Premier was paid $4,200 after it misrepresented to the consumer that it had buyers lined up for the consumer's timeshare. Those buyers never materialized not sale occurred.

The consumers then repeatedly attempted ot make contact with Premier, but it either never answered the consumer's phone calls or its message box was full and would not accept their messages, it is alleged.

The consumers were eventually informed that their file had been referred to Premier's "refund department," but no refund was ever received, it is alleged.

The Consumer Protection Division then, at Stenehjem's direction, began investigating the complaint. An initial inquiry from the Consumer Protection Division to Premier was never responded to, he says. The investigation eventually revealed a pattern of complaints elsewhere in the country.

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