The Delray Beach Police Department discovered the timeshare scheme in 2011 when the Florida Attorney Generals office contacted them about two other fraudulent telemarketers in the area, Delta Corp. and G.
William Clarke, P.A. Both companies were were operating as unlicensed telemarketers, targeting previous victims of timeshare resale fraud and promising they could collect refunds for the victims. Gerald William Clarke, who owned both companies, was arrested in March.
During that investigation, another mystery company using the same scam was uncovered using the name Restitution Advocacy Bureau LCC. Documents in the Florida Department of State's Division of Corporations list Josphine Walker as the company's manager.
Often, these con artists multiply like a nasty virus- splitting off into new "businesses" that use the same fraudulent tactics and often even use the same stolen lists of timeshare owners. In this case the con artists were even more brazen than ususal- telling victims that they were working with the Florida Attorney General's office to collect and distribute refunds to victims of timeshare resale fraud. The telemarketers then asked for upfront fees ranging from $400 to $4,000. Money that was supposedly being used for court costs and filing fees. The telemarketers promised to repay victims with funds from a non-existent "state restitution fund."