New Jersey

Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck and the Division of Consumer Affairs today announced the filing of a lawsuit in Essex County Superior Court against a New Jersey company and its owner for allegedly defrauding consumers who paid thousands of dollars each for timeshare rental and resale services that were never provided, and failing to honor its advertised 180-day money-back guarantee.

According to officials, Williams Andrews Burns LLC (WAB), and its principal, William O’Hanlon, allegedly operated a telemarketing scam that preyed on timeshare owners, many of whom were senior citizens and many of whom had already been victimized by prior scams.

The five-count Complaint alleges defendants collected payments in advance from consumers, in amounts ranging from $594 to $2,899, in exchange for the company’s promise to rent or resell their timeshares and provide thousands of dollars in guaranteed income or provide a full refund. 

However, the Division has been unable to identify a single consumer who received any rental or sale income, and most clients seeking refunds never received their money back.

“New Jersey has strong laws to protect consumers, and today’s action should send a clear signal to those who prey on the most vulnerable,” said Acting Attorney General Bruck. “Fraudsters who take advantage of our residents and our seniors will face serious…

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