Posted on: April 29, 2013
N.J. couple indicted in free-travel scam
A New Jersey couple has been indicted for allegedly operating travel scams that enabled them to bilk victims out of more than $700,000, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
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Daryl Turner, 41, and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, 43, of Marlton, N.J., were charged on April 19 with first-degree counts of conspiracy and money laundering as well as two counts of second-degree theft by deception.
The first-degree counts carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, and the money laundering charge carries fines and penalties of up to $1 million.
The defendants allegedly recruited customers using mass postcard mailings that offered recipients a complimentary cruise for two and/or complimentary airfare for two.
Between January 2007 and July 2011, Turner and Bernstein allegedly required customers to pay $249 for port charges and government fees for a “free” cruise and $50 in fees, taxes and surcharges for a “free” airline ticket.
Customers had to pay by money order and send a self-addressed envelope, after which they were mailed a reservation request form. It is alleged that the customers sent in the reservation request forms but were never able to book the cruises or flights, the attorney’s office said.
The defendants operated travel promotion companies under several names.