by Mindtimeshare Association
October 1st 2013
Last July 22nd 2013 the Spanish National Police arrested 74 persons in Southern Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.
This police operation took place as a result of a previous formal complaint lodged by the Mindtimeshare Association at the Spanish Police Headquarters in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, the main city in the island.
The formal complaint lodged by the Mindtimeshare Association described in great detail the modus operandi of this organised group. The hard evidences and complaints of 60 consumers, which tried to prove that fraudulent practices had been allegedly committed by an organised group, i.e. the 74 arrested persons, also supported the complaint. The victims of the alleged bogus practices were tourists who had visited the island of Gran Canaria.
We strongly believe that the statements made to the Police by several of the arrested persons would confirm to a large extent the content of the lodged complaint.
There was some confusion after the release of the arrested persons, because they claimed to the local media, to be innocent of all the alleged fraudulent practices that Mindtimeshare claimed they had committed. As a result of this, Mindtimeshare decided not to reply to declarations made to the media by the arrested, and wait until this Association obtained official information from the Police and Judicial Authorities.
Once Mindtimeshare has had access to the Police and Court official documents we are in the position to inform the public of the following.
As a result of the Spanish Police “Voyager Travel Operation”, a preliminary investigation was initiated in San Bartolomé de Tirajana Court in Southern Gran Canaria, which resulted in seven of the 74 persons arrested being charged with the crimes of fraud, and criminal association.
Among the seven charged persons we find the two main alleged ringleaders: the German national, Eugen Friedrich Kaiser, and the British national, Paula Louise Beatson.
Mindtimeshare is pleased to inform that the number of alleged victims increases non-stop. Currently, Mindtimeshare has directly received 332 consumer complaints, in addition to 134 complaints received from the local Trading Standards of the Council of Mogán (OMIC), municipality where the 74 persons arrested operated. Moreover several dozens of other complaints have also been received from the network of European Consumer Centres, which operate in the whole Europe.
The Mindtimeshare Association has requested to enter an appearance in the court proceedings as private prosecutor with the following purpose:
- To defend and to obtain that the alleged victims were compensated for their financial losses.
- To promote the current investigations being carried out by the Spanish Social Security and the Treasury, because there are enough evidences, which would suggest that some labour and tax offences, might have been also committed.
- To prevent that this alleged organised crime group continued operating. The intelligence that the Mindtimeshare Association is receiving from consumers and other sources, would indicate that they are still operating, but underground, and with the ultimate goal to resurface in the public eye in a very near future.
It would be inadmissible that the Spanish Authorities in Gran Canaria allowed the ringleaders, charged with the crimes of fraud, and criminal association, to operate again as if nothing would have occurred.
Mindtimeshare will reveal in detail the modus operandi of these alleged fraudsters in the following press releases.
Please do not hesitate to contact Mindtimeshare if you required any clarification by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Signature: Mindtimeshare Association