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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.

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. 

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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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Silverpoint: Company Participations is Timeshare

A few years ago Silverpoint changed their usual “investment” packs  into “The Company Participation Scheme”. This is where the clients are then sold “participations” (not shares), in “registered” companies. These are actually apartments that are registered as companies with names like “Palm Beach 112”, using the names of the resorts along with a number, (possibly the apartment).

Once again like the “investment” weeks the whole point is to dodge the strict timeshare laws, which at first Silverpoint were successful in doing so. They actually fooled the courts in the early days that the purchasers were not buying timeshare but were investing in property. Eventually the Supreme Court ruled that these clients were buying timeshare and were not investors, therefore they had the full protection of the timeshare laws.

Since that first ruling Silverpoint has been on the receiving end of many court cases, almost on a daily basis, with the court’s finding for the clients. This is costing Silverpoint hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In a new and unprecedented case these “Participations” have been shown to be what they are, timeshare by another name, or what we at Inside timeshare would call a “Pig in a Dress”.

Company Participations “Pig in a Dress”

It all revolves around a case brought by Canarian Legal Alliance on behalf of clients at the Juzgado De Primera Instancia No2 in Arona Tenerife, (Court of First Instance), on the 20 November 2018.

In this pre-trial hearing, which is usually a precursor to a full trial, something very extraordinary took place, before the Judge, Dña Lara Etelvina López Jiménez, Silverpoint and their legal team admitted that the “Company Participations” are indeed “TIMESHARE”!

This admission is going to have a very profound effect on all pending cases, it also opens the gates for many more “victims” to come forward and place claims against Silverpoint, not just to be reimbursed with their “INVESTMENT” but also have the contract declared null and void.

Judge Lara Etelvina López Jiménez decided on this admission that there was no need for a full trial to take place and closed the proceedings issuing her judgement and sentence within days of the case.

She ordered that the contract be declared null and void with the return to the client of 81,700€ including legal interest and fees. (Click on the PDF to see the court document).

Silverpoint_Company_Participation_Sentence_1_instance

The client was represented by the CLA Team of lawyer Miguel Ángel Méllian Santana and Procurador Buenaventura Alfonso Gonzalez.

Miguel Ángel Méllian Santana

So what exactly is this “Company Participation”?

Well, it is a rather sophisticated scheme designed as we said to circumvent the timeshare laws, “Participants” purchase a number of participations in the companies, which are actually the apartments registered as companies. The idea is they will receive a “rental” income with a yearly dividend of about 4% of the income rental. They are also should be able after 3 years to “sell” their participations, the only thing as we have found out from one of our readers is that they can only be sold to other participants. One slight problem here, they don’t know who they are and have no way of finding out, but according to our readers information, Silverpoint will approach them with the sale!

Attached to these “participations” are also holiday weeks which the “investor” is able to use, which does put them into the realms of timeshare.

Now as far as the “dividends” are concerned, some have received them in the first couple of years of “investing”, but as we are increasingly finding out most are now way behind on receiving them for this year.

The reason is that Silverpoint and Excel Resorts, who are the managing company of the resorts themselves have had a very severe falling out, with Silverpoint losing all marketing rights. So when these “investors” enquire and complain that they have not received their dividends for this year, they are told by Excel that they are waiting for Silverpoint to pay them.

When the “investor” makes further complaints and threatens legal action, it appears that Excel pays them the dividend, the only thing is it is with the “investors” own money which they have paid for the “participations”. I don’t know about you, but to me this looks like the classic “Ponzi scheme”!

What is a Ponzi Scheme?

Here is a simple explanation.

A Ponzi scheme (/Ponzi/ also a Ponzi game) is a form of fraud which lures investors and pays profits to earlier investors by using funds obtained from more recent investors. Investors may be led to believe that the profits are coming from product sales, or other means, and remain unaware that other investors are the source of profits. A Ponzi scheme is able to maintain the illusion of a sustainable business as long as there continues to be new investors willing to contribute new funds and most of the investors do not demand full repayment and are willing to believe in the non-existent assets that they are purported to own. (It is also known as a Pyramid Scheme).

It is actually named after Charles Ponzi who became notorious for exploiting it in the 1920’s, it also has roots in literature, being used in two Charles Dickens novels Martin Chuzzlewit (1844) and Little Dorrit (1857).

In further developments it has also come to our attention that Diana Aitchison, Chief Operating officer at Silverpoint, has recently parted company with Silverpoint, she is apparently now in the reservations department of Excel Resorts and Hotels.

This does indeed acknowledges a huge split between the two companies, one problem which Excel will have with the move of Diana Aitchison, is the fact that she signed off many of these “participations” for Silverpoint. This along with the fact that Excel is listed as “Sole Administrator” for these “registered” companies indeed shows a legal link which will only help those future cases.

We will bring you further information as we get it, but for now this recent development is going to please many of those who “INVESTED” in this scheme.

Have you been a victim of this or a similar “timeshare” scheme?

Have you been a victim of Resort Properties / Silverpoint and want to know the way forward?

If so use our contact page and let us know, Inside Timeshare will explain what your options are and point you in the right direction. You have rights under Spanish law for redress, don’t lose out on your chance to regain your hard earned money and have the contracts declared null and void.