Coakley gets injunction in timeshare case

Keith Loria Jul. 22, 2010, 12:00pm


BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced on Tuesday that her office has obtained an injunction against several individuals who allegedly misrepresented themselves as timeshare consultants.

Coakley says the defendants collected more than $250,000 from Cape Cod timeshare owners. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda Giles granted a preliminary injunction against Timeshare Advocates, My Timeshare Advisor, All Resorts Marketing LLC, Jeffrey Riebman, Charles Whiteman and Valerie Whiteman, Catherine Stevens and Carol Riley, prohibiting them from engaging in similar actions or any deceptive conduct related to Cape Cod timeshares.

Under the order, the court also prohibited the transfer of assets and issued attachment orders against the assets, including bank accounts, of defendants Valerie Whiteman, Charles Whiteman, Riebman, Riley and All Resorts Marketing LLC.

The defendants are accused of defrauding owners of timeshare intervals at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Dennisport, Mass. Coakley secured an injunction against Timeshare Advocates and Riebman in December, with this latest injunction expanding the order to cover additional defendants.

"A consumer who has a problem with his or her timeshare may contact our office, or consult with a licensed attorney. Consumers should be wary of persons who are unlicensed to provide legal advice, or who guarantee legal results," Coakley said.

"Filing a complaint with our office is simple and free of cost. Our office is committed to helping, educating and protecting consumers from those who seek to take advantage of their situation."

Coakley's lawsuit seeks restitution for consumers and penalties for the defendants' allegedly illegal conduct.

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