Dear Diamond Member,
You may recall that in November 2017, we informed you that a company, known as EZE Europe Ltd., together with its Chief Executive Dominic O'Reilly and its Managing Director Stephanie O'Reilly appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to offences under consumer protection laws. These related to misrepresentations made to timeshare owners including alleged timeshare exit services and legal assistance to recover monies.
Sentencing finally took place at Birmingham Crown Court on 21 March 2019. Dominic O'Reilly was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment and was banned from being a company director for 9 years whilst his step-daughter, Stephanie O'Reilly, was sentenced to an 18 months custodial sentence suspended for two years and was banned from being a company director for 6 years. Their sentencing followed their earlier guilty pleas to two overarching offences relating to a failure to act with professional diligence, for using aggressive commercial practices and for offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.
According to reports, Trading Standards seized files relating to over 100 complainants who had entered into contracts with EZE worth approximately £1.3 million. However, the investigation indicated that there were several thousand more consumers that had been adversely impacted.
All the usual suspect i see.