In just over two years, Kirk's companies reportedly stole more than $30million from timeshare owners by cold calling with the promise that a buyer had been found for their unwanted timeshare. The owners were required to pay thousands of dollars in upfront "closing costs", but later discovered that no sale ever occurred and no refunds were given.
The article also goes on to state that former employees of Kirk also started another scam company called Real Timeshare Marketing using the same scam to steal more than a million dollars from consumers. Darnell Disroe, Michael Lentine, and Michael Starace have also pled guilty to federal charges and face both imprisonment and steep fines.
Hopefully, these stiff penalties will serve as a warning and discourage other timeshare scam artists from preying on unsuspecting consumers. This also should serve as a clarion call to timeshare owners who have already been scammed, encouraging the victims to report consumer fraud and take action against these criminals.