£25m timeshare scam - Monster Travel | Timeshare Solicitor
Timeshare Scam Investigation

We have written extensively about a number of different timeshare scammers in the past, including RSB Legal, Silverpoint, and Club La Costa. There always seems to be a pattern that emerges, particularly with regards to the organisation and setup of the companies in general. Aggressive tactics are used, significant sums charged, and they disappear after 12-18 months.

In this next case, little has been shared so far since the case is still ongoing. However, the scale could be incredibly significant if the charges against them are brought to fruition. Following a five-year investigation, 18 defendants face a trial involving a potential £25m timeshare scam. The first hearing was scheduled for 31 March at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, but no more information has since been released concerning this case.

The CPS has however provided enough information regarding the scale of operations, who was involved, and what each defendant was charged with in connection to the case.

A Monster Of A Timeshare Scam Setup

With up to 18 defendants potentially being involved, a total of 79 offences brought against them, and £25m being invested by possible victims, this case spans far and wide to say the least. Three companies are at the heart of it all as well – Monster Group Travel, Monster Rewards and sellmytimeshare.com. The defendants apparently purported to be directors, sales people and administrators of said companies, and are being charged with multiple counts of fraud, money laundering, and forgery. Thousands of people were reported to be affected by this case.

Timeshare scams are highly complex, incredibly lengthy operations that almost always end in prosecution for those committing the offences. It is always important that you do your due diligence when it comes to timeshares due to the amount of scams that are waiting out there. By doing so, you’ll avoid wasting time and protect the money you’ve worked hard for.

18 Defendants Were Charged Altogether

Those charged include:

  • Barry Fox, 66, of Battenhall Place, Worcester
  • David Taylor, 62, of Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire
  • Deborah Frost, 58, of Edificio El Jable, Tenerife
  • Ian Frost, 50, of Edificio El Jable, Tenerife
  • Joanne Physick, 42, of Los Christianos Arona, Tenerife
  • Joanne Taylor, 47, of Shiptonthorpe, East Yorkshire
  • Jodi Beard, 39, of Costa Adeje, Tenerife
  • Josephine Cuthill-Fox, 57, of Battenhall Place, Worcester
  • Lee Evans, 48, of Walmer Bridge, Preston, Lancashire
  • Lisa Salih, 52, of Upton, Poole, Dorset
  • Louise Matthews-Oakenfold, 49, of Santa Cruz, Tenerife
  • Mark Rowe, 51, of Bishops Lydeard in Taunton and Los Blanquitos in Tenerife
  • Nicola Rowe, 50, of Bishops Lydeard in Taunton and Los Blanquitos in Tenerife
  • Nihat Salih, 53, of Upton, Poole, Dorset
  • Paul Fowler, 63, of Wimborne Road, Bournemouth
  • Paul Harrison, 51, of Osmington, Weymouth, Dorset
  • Samantha McCaulay (nee Jackson), 48, of San Miguel De Abona, Tenerife
  • Simon Walker, 55, of Costa Adeje in Tenerife

What The Defendants Were Individually Charged With

The CPS have detailed information which states what each defendant was charged with.

Ten defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud between 1 January 2013 and 31 January 2017 while being directors, sales people and administrators for all three companies:

  • Deborah Frost
  • Joanne Physick
  • Jodi Beard
  • Lisa Salih
  • Louise Matthews-Oakenfold
  • Mark Rowe
  • Nihat Salih
  • Paul Harrison
  • Samantha McCaulay (nee Jackson)
  • Simon Walker

Nine defendants were charged with six separate fraud incidents each, as well as committing fraud against the purchasers of Monster Credits between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017:

  • Barry Fox
  • David Taylor
  • Ian Frost
  • Josephine Cuthill-Fox
  • Lee Evans
  • Lisa Salih
  • Nihat Salih
  • Paul Fowler
  • Paul Harrison

Two defendants were charged with money laundering between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2017 while working as directors of Monster Credits:

  • Mark Rowe
  • Nicola Rowe

Two defendants were charged with committing fraud between 1 August 2015 and 31 December 2017 while working in administrative roles:

  • Deborah Frost
  • Samantha McCaulay (nee Jackson)

Joanne Taylor was charged with five separate fraud offences as well as committing fraud against the purchasers of Monster Credits between 1 October 2016 and 31 January 2017. Louise Matthews-Oakenfold was charged with three forgery offences and Simon Walker was also charged with three fraud offences.

What The CPS Have Said On This Matter

Peter Highway, Senior Investigating Officer for South West Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “This is clearly a significant step forward in a complex fraud investigation that began more than five years ago and has affected thousands of people who have collectively invested upwards of £25 million.”

Andrew Penhale, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, said: “The CPS has reviewed a file of evidence from South West Regional Organised Crime Unit and has authorised the investigation team to charge 18 people with 79 offences related to a timeshare fraud.

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against these defendants are now active and that they have the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

How Athena Law & Stephen Boyd Can Help

Being on the receiving end of a timeshare scam can feel awful. Getting duped into handing over your own hard-earned cash is simply terrible and shouldn’t happen to anyone, yet here we are. However, this all doesn’t have to end badly. In fact, it should have a happier ending instead.

That’s why, at Athena Law, we are here to help. Our highly qualified solicitors have represented hundreds of timeshare owners over the years. We have extensive experience of helping to release clients from inherently unfair and unenforceable timeshare contracts, and have brought claims that have been connected to or arisen from the sale of timeshare and similar products.

In respect to Monster Travel Athena law working in conjunction with David Cox of Tess Paralegal Services Limited and litigation funders has successfully represented hundreds of victims in recovering compensation with a collective value of in excess of £6 million. Clients were represented on a “no win no fee” basis and compensation was only recovered following painstaking research and preparation of detailed witness statements (similar fact evidence) in support of  the claims.

Mr. Stephen Boyd has been a solicitor for over 20 years and has cemented his reputation as one of the leading solicitors in this field over the last decade, ably supported by his incredible team. Contact us for an independent review and allow us to pursue your claim in a legal manner.

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