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It’s Friday & We End the Week

Welcome to the end of another week with Inside Timeshare, this week began with the article A Little Known Name but Integral to Silverpoint. It is a name that has appeared over the years but was hidden in the shadows, attention was very much on others. The full story of Diana Aitchison and her involvement is only just beginning to surface.

On Tuesday we published yet another warning on the FAKE law firm from Tenerife stealing the good name and website of a rather prominent and respected lawyer from Madrid. The story of this FAKE law firm has been a regular feature over the years, highlighting the many changes of name, but, their recent use of genuine law firms names and websites has taken it to a whole new level of fraud.

The article on Wednesday was really prompted by the many emails received with questions about claims. Our readers were somewhat confused at what they were being told, one response to the article was just what we expected. One former Anfi owner was told he had a claim, it didn’t matter that he had not paid maintenance or received bills since 2006, with no contact whatsoever. He still had a case as the contract was illegal, to get a case in court it would cost £5000+ for legal fees. Our reader, we are glad to say, didn’t fall for that one.

There was no article on Thursday as it had to be shelved due to a legal settlement, all I can say is that it was mutually beneficial to both parties. Although it would be nice to publish a “good news” story, we respect the wishes for no publicity.

We now end the week with some news from the courts, yes, you have guessed it, Anfi once again takes a prominent part. But first, we begin with Silverpoint.

This is one company that is going to be in the news for quite some time, for one Norwegian client their battle with Silverpoint has moved a step closer to completion. The Court of First Instance of Arona has declared their contract null & void, which was to be expected considering the fraudulent nature of the Silverpoint products.

The Judge also ordered the client to receive 257,552€ plus legal interest and legal costs. This award included the payment of double the amounts taken illegally during the statutory cooling-off period.

Due to the liquidation process of Silverpoint, the clients lawyers will now be making legal representation to the Mercantile Court in order to secure the amount for the client. This is the first stage to becoming a “Confirmed Creditor”, now considering the amount to be repaid has been ordered by the court, I would have thought this was now just a formality.

Always in the News, for all the wrong reasons!

Moving from Tenerife to Gran Canaria, more specifically, Anfi and their constant appearances in the courts.

There was one result from the High Court this week, again it was due to another frivolous appeal by Anfi. I know this gets a bit boring, but the Judges at the High Court once again “DISMISSED” the Anfi appeal.

In their ruling they endorsed the original sentence of the Court of First Instance 100%, as we have stated before, this is all in accordance with Spanish Law and the rulings of the Supreme Court.

The client’s contract was declared null & void with the return of 54,749€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

At the Court of First Instance Number 4 of San Bartolome de Tirajana, an English client had their contract with Anfi declared null & void, along with the return of 22,055€ plus legal interest and legal costs.

Usually, we would say that we expect Anfi to appeal, but, due to recent events and the ordering of “necessary liquidation” by the Mercantile Court, we wonder if they can appeal?

Another case involving German clients was also heard at the Court of First Instance of SBT, this time Court Number 1. Again the judge in accordance with Spanish Law declared the Anfi contract null & void, also ordering the repayment of 54,749€ including interest and costs.

The same question as above also applies to this case, but the lawyers from Canarian Legal Alliance who represented the clients will be ensuring that these cases and awards are filed with the Mercantile Court

If you would like more information on any article published or just have a comment, please use our contact page or leave a comment on the appropriate article.

Have a great weekend and join us again next week.

Fakes Steal Genuine Law Firms Identity

Last week Inside Timeshare reported on the “Fake” lawyers using the identities of genuine people and law firms to defraud unsuspecting victims of thousands with false court awards. Well, they have struck again, we can also safely say it is the same people that have been behind the long-running fraud of The Litigious Abogados Family. It is not just about the thousands they are stealing from people, it is the use of respectable people and law firms to give them credibility to achieve this, that has taken this FRAUD to a whole new level.

In our previous article “End the Week: The Fake Law Firm Usurping Anothers Good Name”, we showed how they have used photographs taken from websites and the internet of some very prominent people. All to give themselves the credibility to carry out their “SCAM”.

From this, they moved to steal the name and website of a law firm based in Madrid, Adarga Abogados. To the unsuspecting victim, making a search on the internet confirms Adarga Abogados to be a genuine and seemingly respectable law firm, just what the fraudsters want.

Now they have “Usurped” the name of another GENUINE law firm, JR Abogados, based in Madrid and an office in Alclà de Henares. The director of the firm is José Ramón Felipe Condés, a lawyer from the Alcalá de Henares Bar Association (collegiate number 4,108). With a rather impressive Resume:


José Ramón Felipe Condés
  • Lawyer registered by the  Alcalá de Henares Bar Association  (nº 4,108)
  • Law degree from the  University of Alcalá de Henares  (1.993 – 1.998)
  • Master in Telecommunications Law from the  Universidad de Comillas de Madrid ICAI-ICADE
  • Master in operating systems and communications from  FYCSA  (Formación y Consultoría SA)
  • Bankruptcy Administrator. Civil and Commercial Mediator

He has also been awarded the following citation for Customer Services.

Genuine Website for JR Abogados:

https://jrabogados.es/

He himself has been in the news and the story is heartwarming, to say the least, the first link is to Youtube and a TVG interview, the second is a written version of another interview on the same subject. 

https://www.abogacia.es/actualidad/noticias/12j-jose-ramon-felipe-acogio-en-su-casa-a-una-pareja-a-la-que-defiende-de-oficio/

The law firm itself is no stranger to the press as the link below to an El Diario article on the firm and is followed by a review in Confidencial Judicial. Both highly praise this law firm.

https://www.eldiario.es/madrid/somos/malasana/jr-abogados-uno-de-los-bufetes-de-madrid-mejor-preparado-para-solucionar-tus-problemas_1_6433041.html

https://judicial.elconfidencialdigital.com/articulo/bufetes/probablemente-mejores-letrados-madrid-especialistas-derecho-civil-penal-internet/20210215190531013546.html

Given what we have found in a very quick search, it is obvious that many people will be taken in, just what the fraudsters wanted, along with the official and genuine looking court documents, Procurador letters and fake Notaries, they are well on their way to getting your money.

We also have to look at the possible repercussions to the genuine law firm, their reputation being sullied, plastered over the internet and unfortunately believed by some.

Our friends at the TCA did make contact with JR Abogados, who were shocked, to say the least. They categorically denied any involvement in any cases in the field of timeshare, they are also taking the appropriate legal measures.

Moving on to the documents, they are the exact same as those from our previous articles, although there does appear to be a link that confirms our suspicions they are the same outfit, is the reference to S & G Abogados. (See link to previous posts on S&G Abogados).

This firm was highlighted in several articles back in 2019, with “court cases” against various timeshare companies and individuals who were “supposed” to be the directors. Those same cases have been mentioned in the letter from the fakeJR Abogados.

Below are the letter and email from S & G Abogados from 2019, and the letter from the “(FAKE) J R Abogados” letter. They just happen to be the same victim!

Fake Court Documents

They even came up with a very good excuse for the amount being lower than the original case, apparently, it was because their previous “lawyer” didn’t turn up for court.

Well, they wouldn’t would they, if they don’t actually exist!

The audacity of their actions in fraudulently using a reputable law firm and sheer contempt for the people they are stealing from seems to know no bounds.

The email addresses they are using are not linked to the genuine J R Abogados, they are as usual either free email providers or subscription-based, which have probably been opened using false identities. These are:

Fake Contact Details:

jrabogados-canarias@consultant.com

[email protected]

Tel: 0800 802 1864

The genuine J R Abogados email is directly linked to their website and is:

[email protected]

Tel: +34 911 289 985

Whatsapp: +34 647 335 243

Once again, this shows how vulnerable timeshare owners are to scams, especially when they have been targeted before, more often than not by the very same people, if not, then by others who have bought your details.

These criminals twist the truth to draw you in, yes there are court cases being won in the Spanish Courts, but unless you have personally instigated those proceedings, then these people are telling you lies. It is as simple as that.

We cannot reinforce our message more than we already do.

Before you proceed do your HOMEWORK, not just a cursory check on google, Stop, Think, Question and Question again. You already have most of the answers, you just need to open your eyes and they will be staring you in the face.

If you are not sure how to do these checks or where to start, then Inside Timeshare will be happy to point you in the right direction. If we are not sure then we know where to look.

Do you have any comments on this subject or any other article published we would like to hear from you, please leave a comment on the relevant post or use our contact page.

Please also use our contact page if you have any questions regarding your contracts, legal position and options for relinquishing, Inside Timeshare will get back to you with the correct information.

Link to previous articles on S&G Abogados.

https://insidetimeshare.com/page/1/?s=sg+abogados

Start the Week: A Little Known Name but Integral to Silverpoint

Welcome to the start of another week with Inside Timeshare, last week we ended with a report on yet another fraud that has come to light involving what we have dubbed The Litigious Abogados Family. This time they have used the website and name of a genuine law firm and using it for their own nefarious purposes, the genuine law firm is now well aware of the situation and has taken appropriate action. Today, however, we bring you a name that has not appeared often on our pages. It is well known among the clients of Silverpoint as this person has been an integral employee of many companies within The Limora Group for many years.

When it comes to the long drawn out story of Silverpoint and the many “fraudulent” products which they have peddled over the years, the main names to appear are always the CEO Mark Cushway, the owner of Limora Group, the late Robert “Bob” Trotta and the “Chinaman”, Kwang Boon Sim, Trotta’s financial guru. 

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=exclusive+breaking+news

One name which has been left out is Diana Aitchison, who has had a very long association with the various companies linked with Silverpoint. Her positions have been varied and in most cases, it has been in senior management working closely with Mark Cushway.

Diana Aitchison

During all this time, Silverpoint was engaged in the sales of timeshare, a product which they completely turned on its head, from the initial “investment” packs of weeks to the culmination in deception, the “Company Participations”.

It is these “company participations” which are of most interest, as this is where Diana Aitchison’s involvement is questionable.

While with Silverpoint, which were actively promoting and selling the “Company Participation Scheme”, it was in fact Diana Aitchison who “signed off” the majority of the purchases.

To recap, this “scheme” replaced the “investment” weeks, where a “victim” purchased a series of weeks, usually 6 to 8 weeks with apartments attached. These were sold with the promise of a rental income, which would cover the maintenance fees, and after a two year period, they would be resold at a profit.

We know from all the court cases that this never happened.

The “company Participations” scheme was essentially the same product, but there was a twist. The “apartments” were registered as S.L. (Sociedad Limitada) or limited companies. The weeks were “shares” or as they call them, “participations” in this company, the same “promise” was made as with the “investment” weeks, an income from rental, and eventual “ownership” of the company, (this is the simple version, see link below for further information).

https://insidetimeshare.com/silverpoint-company-participations-is-timeshare/

Now, remember that Diana Aitchison signed off the majority of these deals, with her move from Silverpoint to Excel Resorts as Chief Operating Officer, she was now responsible for the administration of the “scheme”.

Excel is also a major part of The Limora Group, so in effect is the “sister” company to Silverpoint. Excel manages the resorts, Silverpoint sells them. So it was really a move from one branch to another.

When the “companies” are registered, the Administrators are listed as Excel Hotels & Resorts SA, Diana Joan Aitchison and the Only Partner is Silverpoint Vacations SL.

Talk about keeping it in the family.

When checking the company registration for one “company” Palm Beach Tenerife 077 SL, which was registered around 7 years ago, Diana Aitchison is listed as one of the administrators. The sector the “company” is registered in is “Real Estate or Similar”, a very large category.

It also gives a link to other companies with whom she is associated, one of these is Palm Beach Tenerife 117 SL. In this, she is the “Sole Partner” with Excel as the “Sole Administrator”. But it is also the other links that are of interest, which also brings up links with the “inactive” roles with other companies. Some of which are very familiar names indeed.

Company Record for Palm Beach Tenerife 117 SL, notice the sector.
This does bring up alarm bells, so why was she not suspicious?
The registered Address of Palm Beach Tenerife 117 SL
Positions held
Positions held now inactive
Information is publicly available using https://www.infocif.es/

Another link between Diana Aitchison, Mark Cushway and Kwang Boon Sim, is Vacation Finance Ltd, (link to Company House Register below).

https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/09726642/officers

This company is linked to the Finance Agreements brokered by Silverpoint for the sales of the “investment packs” and the “company participations”. They are also linked in these finance packages with HMC Finance, and all loans went through with Barclays Partner Finance.

Now considering the length of time Diana has worked in this particular industry and given all the links that she has, it does make you wonder how she could not have known that what was going on was a fraud of epic scale, surely she must have had her suspicions?

We ask this question for one simple reason, the legal battles in the courts over the sales made by Silverpoint and formerly Resort Properties, have been going on for around 12 years. It may be longer, but it has been well known that a possible fraud was being committed and this is being borne out now in the courts.

What actually started this quick research into Diana Aitchison was information received by Inside Timeshare of her involvement with a charity, of which she has been a director since 2014.

Our informant was rather disturbed that she was involved, especially as a director given her links to one of the most investigated frauds in timeshare history, it was also the fact that a person with a link to HMC Finance was taking part in an event for the charity and is personally known to Diana.

It obviously made us think, surely with her involvement in companies which are being criminally investigated, an investigation which has taken on an international hue, her position as a director of a charity is untenable?

We leave you the reader to decide, but we know what our answer will be!

The story of Silverpoint is going to be with us for some time, as the results of the investigations become public, we are bound to find some very interesting twists to the plot. It might take a long time, but the truth will become known.

To end today’s article, we have just received information of another name of a genuine law firm that appears to have been used by our friends The Litigious Abogados Family. Further information on this will be published once the facts are established. WATCH THIS SPACE!

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