Following an investigation by the National Trading Standards Regional Investigation Team Central England, Dominic O’Reilly (55) of Costa Adeje, Tenerife was sentenced to a total of 28 months imprisonment and his step-daughter, Stephanie O’Reilly (30) of Dickens Heath, Solihull was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years, for their part in a timeshare ‘leisure credit’ scam.
Both were also banned from becoming company directors for nine and six years respectively.
Last November, Dominic O’Reilly and Stephanie O’Reilly had pleaded guilty to offences under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 relating to misrepresentation regarding the selling of “Leisure Credits” or ‘Concierge Services”, a so-called holiday and lifestyle product, as well as connected purported legal assistance to timeshare owners.
The court heard evidence relating to 36 victims who had paid out nearly £205,000 to Eze on contracts valued at over £422,000. However, within the paperwork seized by Trading Standards were files relating to over 100 further complainants who had been sold contract worth approximately £1.3m and papers indicated that there were many thousands of consumers in total who had signed up to the Eze Group.
In sentencing the defendants, HHJ Creed said that the pair had used ‘oppressive, aggressive and highly manipulative sales practices’ and that the victims had been ‘bullied and frightened’ causing them ‘enormous distress and anxiety’. He further stated that the pair had gone to ‘considerable efforts to circumvent regulations designed to protect consumers’ and that there were many consumers affected over and above those on the indictment. Of real concern to the court was the fact that the practices had continued after Trading Standards had got involved and interviewed Stephanie O’Reilly.
EZE has a history of issuing threats and commencing defamation actions against those that have published information suggesting they have breached Consumer Protection Regulations, using law firm Pinder Reaux which in our case resulted in a default judgement as there was simply no money to defend ourselves in the UK courts.
PLEASE BE AWARE that there seems to be different dubious cold calling companies who are right now targeting Eze members, offering them a compensation claim based on this sentence. Eze consumers receive a call from different companies informing them that they can get the money back that they lost to Eze Group. The consumer is then asked for an upfront payment of around £1,000 for ‘legal fees’ or ‘taxes’.
Please note that this is just another scam, and you should not fall for this!
If you paid to Eze group in the past 6 years, using a credit card, you are still on time to do a consumer act claim and we can help you with clear guidelines on how to do such claim.
If you have been contacted about recovering the money or you have any other questions, please let us know.