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The Tuesday Slot

Welcome to The Tuesday Slot, the supporters of Irene Parker have raised over $7,000 in less than two weeks for her Legal Defense against Diamond Resorts Fund. There have been 109 Donors and 172 Shares. The goal is $25,000. Please donate whatever you can. It’s not easy asking those who have been financially harmed for money. Most donors are struggling because they bought timeshare points they later learned were unnecessary. It is with our deepest appreciation, Irene and I both thank you for your support and donations. The faster our goal is met, the stronger the message. Any excess funds will be donated to a timeshare consumer advocacy organization TBA Friday, October 11. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/irene-parker-diamond-resort-legal-defense-fund?fbclid=IwAR1wj_cAkvvWXcUHXrC1zkDJtSZrlx9j_3RJKE5L7J0bUW7SM1rSwCFvFHY

On a lighter note, we are honoured and pleased to announce the formal launch of Koala, a new Platform for Timeshare Exchanges.

Koala 

Bringing Transparency and Technology to Timeshare Exchanges

 Visit our KOALA website:

https://www.go-koala.com/guest/owners/

 October 8, 2019

 Press Release

 Koala is live! Koala is the first online timeshare rental marketplace that is 100% secure, free to list, and open to everyone in the world. Koala secures every transaction with a simplified 3-EasySteplisting process that takes only minutes.  

Owners around the world have already started listing their timeshares on Koala, applauding the site’s ease-of-use and absence of upfront fees. 

Dave Julien, admin of the 11,200 member Club Wyndham Owners Facebook Group says, What’s different about this, and what I like, is there will NOT be any listing or delisting fees. You are in control of what you want to rent.”

Timeshare owner Ron F: “I like what I see and I like its ease of use. When I put listings on other sites, I feel like I have to write a sales blurb. Not on Koala” Ron added that the speed with which he can upload listings on Koala is a major advantage.

Transparency

Koala sets the standard for transparency in an industry rife with scams. Koala charges no upfront fees and has zero hidden costs. Owners pay an 8% fee only upon successful booking. Koala only gets paid if you do. 

Technology

Every resort listed on Koala comes with customized descriptions and photos, so all the work is done for you. With our platform, specialized for timeshares, Koala’s 3-EasyStep™ listing takes only minutes.   

Security

Koala verifies every resort listing, protecting travellers. Unlike our competitors, Koala secures every transaction, protecting both owners and their guests from scams. Say goodbye to mailing paper checks to strangers!

Our KOALA Team

Koala was founded by Mike Kennedy, a former employee at Hilton Club New York. Mike has over ten years’ vacation ownership experience. Mike set out to solve a problem for timeshare owners who struggle to use or sell what they purchased.

James Burbridge is a web solutions leader with over twenty years’ experience, delivering solutions in the travel, retail and hospitality sectors.

Koala – The first secure, hassle-free and transparent platform for timeshare rentals. With zero upfront fees and our simple 3-EasyStep™ listing process, getting your timeshare rented has never been easier.

 Check with your resort to determine if there are any restrictions on renting.

Then start packing! Koala offers the solution – connecting timeshare owners with travellers looking for space, security and the certainty our property listings provide.  https://www.go-koala.com/

Thank you Koala, Inside Timeshare wishes you all the best and success in your new venture, I’m sure you will have many happy clients.

Inside Timeshare would also like to thank all those who have donated and pledged support for Irene, please do keep the donations coming in.

Start the Week: SG Abogados Update

Welcome to another week with Inside Timeshare, today we bring you the latest information on the “FAKE” law firm from Tenerife SG Abogados which we have identified as being part of the Litigious Abogados Family. Once again timeshare owners are being contacted with “news” that their timeshare company and resort is being taken to court and they can be part of the process to get back their money.

The latest information supplied by one of our regular readers (confirming what we already know) who was contacted regarding his ownership with Diamond Resorts and the Royal Oasis Club, who are being taken to court for mis-selling and fraud. According to SG Abogados,  this will involve a so-called “director” a Mr Barras.

Other names and email address has also been supplied (again confirming previous reports), these are supposedly the UK associates, Andrew Hartley and Richard Lamont, both using the following email address [email protected] which is another free email provider.

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

According to SG Abogados, they cannot lose the case and will work on a “no win no fee” basis, but there will be “Procurator fees” to lodge the case at court. Court documents will be forthcoming once the case is lodged. As we already know from past encounters these documents will be very good forgeries. When questioned about the fees the caller was very vague indeed.

The latest contact was by normal post with a covering letter and supposedly “court” documents demanding money. There is also a separate sheet with the bank details of the procurator, along with a demand for 389€. No doubt the bank details will be to a named person and not a company.

Our reader has already been in contact with Diamond Resorts and was informed that there are no cases against them in Tenerife especially by this law firm, so this confirms that it is all a scam.

It would also appear that another of the incarnations of this group of fraudsters Legalizalos is still operating and the name of another procurator has come up, Olga Gema Kaya, with the website:

https://procuradores-kaya.com

This website was registered on 8 June 2019 and is set to expire on 8 June 2020, as usual, the registrant is hidden on privacy protection and registered in Toronto. They use the email [email protected] which again is not linked to the website but another free email provider. No doubt there will be more new “procurators” come to our attention soon.

The link below is from May and shows a list of all the “fake” law firms and procurators right from the very beginning.

https://insidetimeshare.com/litigious-abogados-family-new-names-added/

If you get a call from a “law firm” based in Tenerife, with the news that your timeshare company or resort is being taken to court and you can be added to the list of clients in the case, especially on a “no win no fee”, then contact Inside Timeshare so we can publish warning to others.

Remember, unless you have personally instructed a law firm to carry out a case on your behalf, then it is going to be a scam. This “team” are very professional and it is a very clever and sophisticated fraud. The “court” documents they provide are very good forgeries and unless you are familiar with Spanish legal documents they will appear very convincing.

Do your homework before you engage with any company that calls with such good news.

Friday’s Letter from America

Welcome to another edition of the Inside Timeshare Letter from America, today we publish Part 3 of the GoFundMe Campaign for Irene Parker and her Legal Defense Fund. As we know she has now become the focal point of attention in the lawsuit filed by Diamond Resorts against Finn Law Group, so far over $5,000 has been raised. In this weeks article, Irene explains how the VOLUNTARY work she does in helping others has taken control of her life and is actually costing her money. Your contributions will not only help Irene but will also send a message to Diamond that she does have our support!

How Diamond Resorts Thwarted my Dream to Teach Piano Lessons 

Pictured above a Diamond Member who visited my house on vacation from England

Please donate $10 (or more) to my GoFundMe to let your voice be heard or contribute anonymously

GoFundMe Launched: September 26, 2019

Link to my GoFundMe: Over $5,500 donated in one week towards $25,000 goal!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/irene-parker-diamond-resort-legal-defense-fund?utm_medium=email&utm_source=product&utm_campaign=p_email%2B2300-co-team-welcome

October 4, 2019 

By Irene Parker

The reason for my GoFundMe Legal Defense Fund is because I have become the central focus of a lawsuit Diamond Resorts filed against Finn Law Group in 2015. At a six-hour deposition, conducted at the law office of Baker Hostetler in Orlando, Diamond’s outside counsel attorney ran out of “no” answers to questions about receiving or paying money to the law firm. Seemingly at a loss, the two attorneys left the conference room to confer. When they returned, they took a new direction.

As I understand Diamond’s case against me, because it feels like a case against me, it is because they contend I am greatly enriched by receiving free legal advice from attorney Mike Finn in exchange for my soliciting Diamond members to sign up with Finn Law Group. I have never been compensated by any attorney, law firm, or timeshare member. I have listened to and responded to over 1,000 timeshare families. This link to the Orlando Sentinel article is about the lawsuit:

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/os-bz-orange-lake-timeshare-finn-20180404-story.html

Diamond’s accusations leave me infuriated, thankfully not beyond words. The volume of angry and mostly desperate timeshare members contacting me through Inside Timeshare, or through social media, has increased from one member on average every two weeks in 2016, to a current average of three members a day.

What this means is I can’t take piano students. In 2015 it was my intention to resurrect by first love career – teaching piano lessons. At ten students a week, I could have earned $100 a week at $10 per student. I could have charged more, but the five students I taught were mostly neighbours and friends. When you’re living on a fixed income, $400 a month is nothing to sneeze at. In the fall of 2015, we moved from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Venice, Florida. We used our Diamond points while nomads in-between houses.         

Today’s article proves I really did intend to move to Florida to teach piano lessons before I attended the ill-fated timeshare presentation at Diamond Resort’s Grand Beach Resort. https://insidetimeshare.com/peasant-venice-queen-versailles/

I’m hoping Maya P, formerly with Diamond’s PR firm Prosek, will be deposed because when Maya called me the first time in 2016, I was teaching a piano lesson. Our initial phone conversation went like this:

Maya: “Irene, this is Maya from Prosek, Diamond’s PR firm. Can we chat?”

Irene: “I’m in the middle of teaching a piano lesson. Can I call you back?”

Maya: “You’re a piano teacher???!!!”

Irene: “Yes, we’re ruthless. I’ll call you back as soon as we’re finished.”

Maya: “I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano.” 

This student is five years old, playing from her John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course Book 1. This picture was taken on May 20, 2016, when I would only hear from a timeshare member about once every two weeks.

The pace of callers picked up after I started publishing articles for Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money’s investment news service TheStreet. I was reaching out and unknowingly emailed TheStreet. One of the editors responded asking to arrange an interview to become a TheStreet contributor. My first TheStreet article was an editors’ pick. It was about how I made my worst enemy a fortune during the stock market crash beginning Black Monday, October 19, 1987. I’m hoping that is how all this turns out.

How I Made my Worst Enemy so much Money

https://www.thestreet.com/story/13576145/1/the-markets-crashed-my-first-day-as-a-stockbroker-and-here-s-what-i-did-next.html

Diamond ignored me until I published June 20, 2016, TheStreet article about how Apollo Global Management acquired Diamond in 2016. I have to admit I went berserk after I read the announcement. Apollo’s predecessor company was Drexel Burnham Lambert. DBL filed bankruptcy on a $650 million fine and Michael Milken was sent to jail for securities fraud. You can imagine my reaction when I learned – Drexel BOUGHT MY VACATION PLAN!!!?? My husband and I had been DBL clients.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/13624491/1/is-apollo-returning-to-its-junk-roots-with-its-acquisition-of-diamond-resorts.html

DBL banker Leon Black formed Apollo after the DBL bankruptcy. Mr. Black’s name is being circulated among the power brokers associated with the late Jeffery Epstein’s “Financial Black Book” concerning sex trafficking.

In order to find out how he (Jeffrey Epstein) amassed his fortune, it may take subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York to Wall Street types in Epstein’s inner circle—people such as Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder and CEO of L Brands, Glenn Dubin, the billionaire co-founder of the hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management, and Leon Black, the billionaire founder of Apollo Global Management, the private-equity behemoth.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epsteins-financial-black-book

In addition to traditional piano lessons, I teach jazz piano, having mastered 13th chords after studying for five years with St. Louis jazz great Herb Drury. Prior to studying with Herb, I majored in classical piano at Lindenwood Colleges in St. Charles, Missouri.

Student Brian is a former Sarasota police officer and certified alligator wrestler. Brian plays by ear. I taught him some music theory.

Finally, we have Robert, brother to the five year old pictured above, Robert is playing a Sarabande at The Springs skilled care facility. I wish I could take credit for Robert’s brilliant ability, age 9, but I was his interim piano teacher while his piano teacher recovered from surgery. Robert speaks Polish and English. His piano teacher speaks Russian. The Springs activity director, who arranged our venues, was at her wit’s end trying to get rid of her Westgate timeshare. 

Pictured above Robert playing a Handel Sarabande at The Springs

Thank you if you are still reading. It is my hope this narration may convince timeshare power brokers and potential donors that I am not the kind of person to hustle law clients in exchange for great financial gain.

Never in my wildest imagination did I think answering the phone and responding to emails from infuriated timeshare members would lead to this. Who would have thought referring to any law firm, when asked a legal question that I was not legally able to answer, or because the timeshare member did not have the time or temperament to self-advocate, would be described illegal or immoral?  

Thank you to all donors. It is painful to have to ask for money from timeshare members already financially distressed because they made the mistake of buying timeshare points that led to their insolvency. By directing the vast majority of over 700 Diamond members to Diamond, as opposed to an exit company provider, or to an attorney, I probably saved Diamond and the members a fortune in legal and arbitration fees. Another way of saying no good deed goes unpunished:   

My Inside Timeshare September 24, 2019 article explains the subpoena.

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-tuesday-slot-49/

We seek to provide timeshare members with a way to proactively address membership concerns; to advocate for timeshare reform; to obtain greater disclosure from the company; to advocate for a viable secondary market, and to educate prospective buyers.

https://www.facebook.com/timeshareadvocategroup/

https://tug2.com/Home.aspx

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/everything-about-timeshares-wayne-c-robinson/1129749757?ean=2940161600962

Free at Last Timeshare Support Course offered by Straight-A-Guide

https://www.udprep.info/june

Bluegreen Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/180578055325962/

Wyndham Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/376743609795740/

Wyndham Carriage Resorts Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CHCROwners/

Sapphire Starpoint  https://www.facebook.com/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F292083584642570%2F%3Fref%3Dshare

Diamond Resort Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiamondResortsOwnersAdvocacy/

Gold Key Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1639958046252175/

Inside Timeshare Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/insidetimeshare/

Inside Timeshare Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2213231165610648/

Thank you, Irene and thanks to all who have donated so far, there is still a long way to go but with your help, the target will be reached. In the time I have known and worked with Irene she has selflessly put others first, I have on many occasions spoken with her and given her encouragement to lift her spirits. Inside Timeshare calls on all our readers to now help her in her hour of need. Thank you.

That is it for this week, join us again next week for more on news and information on the murky world of timeshare. Have a great weekend.