N.J. AG says business owner violating settlement
NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow announced on Thursday that the state has filed a motion to enforce litigants' rights against an owner of several now-defunct vacation package businesses.
The motion alleges that Daryl T. Turner violated a February settlement through his involvement in the operation and/or ownership of a Marlton, New Jersey-based company called "Travel Deals."
"Travel Deals" is allegedly engaged in the advertisement and sale of vacation packages. The state alleges there have been lease agreements executed by Turner for company offices in New Jersey and Connecticut as well as checks written by Turner for the business.
The state filed a lawsuit in May 2009 against Turner individually and doing businesses as various companies -- including Dreamworks Vacation Club, Dreamworks Vacations, Dreamworks, Bentley Travel and Five Points Travel Company with other companies later named as defendants.
A final consent judgment in February barred Turner from owning and/or operating any business in the state of New Jersey engaged in the advertisement, offering for sale and/or sale of vacation packages for a period of five years. The settlement was in the amount of $3,086,508.62, including $2,188,728.52 in consumer restitution.
"The state's settlement sought to protect consumers by barring Turner from owning or operating a business selling vacation packages for at least five years," Dow said. "It appears that Turner is continuing to operate such a business, and we will seek to make certain Turner complies with the settlement terms."
When the state began its collection efforts, Turner allegedly responded to an information subpoena by saying he has no salary, no bank accounts, no personal property, no cash on hand and no motor vehicles of at least $1,000.
The Division of Consumer Affairs alleges that Turner and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, own multiple vehicles worth over $1,000, including a 2011 Land Rover Range Rover, purchased on March 17, a 2001 Ferrari, purchased on April 15 and owned by Turner and Bernstein, and a 2007 Bentley purchased on April 21, 2011, owned by Bernstein.