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