"...I purchased a timeshare in Dec 2010 with Mauna Loa Vacation Ownership. After months of dealing with the President -John R Stevens title was never transferred and never got my money back. I have filed police reports, reports to his bank and mine to recover funds, and taken him to small claims but supposedly he has left the country so that I am unable to find him. He told the police officer when I filed the report" yes I took her money and no I'm not paying it back or transfering title" direct quote. I just want to let everyone know that this has happened to me and to be aware. I will pursue all legal action available to me in finding this person. It is the principal of the matter. This is embezzelment, wire fraud , breach of contract and other criminal actions.Additional information can be provided if someone is able to help me build a case or find him... Karen N."
According to the Better Business Bureau, the company mentioned above has an A+ rating (Click here for the BBB report) and there are no consumer complaints showing.. However, it does appear that the contact information on the BBB profile page is no longer accurate, as the phone number shown is no longer valid and the address now appears to be the office of Old Republic Title (HERE).
I have left a message with the resort, Mauna Loa Village by the Sea, to see if they have any comments or advice for the reader, but have not yet gotten a reply. I did locate a few other online references to the gentleman mentioned in the readers complaint, Mr. John R. Stevens, but nothing that appears to be very current. He seems to have a long history in timeshare development and sales.
Click HERE to read a 1997 Hawaii Real Estate Commission Meeting Minutes with a discussion involving Mr. Stevens.
Click HERE to read a 2006 Case Summary of a legal dispute between Mauna Loa Vacation Ownership and Accelerated Assets.
If you believe that you have been the victim of any type of consumer fraud perpetrated by Mauna Loa Vacation Ownership, or with any other business involving timeshares- please take the time to report the complaint to the Attorney General's Office for the State of Hawaii by clicking HERE.