Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Charges Broward Man with Timeshare Fraud
Plantation, FL – Officers with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services arrested a Broward County man today for fraudulently offering to sale timeshares.
The department received several consumer complaints regarding Andrew Anthony Ennis Gale (DOB 01/18/1988) and his business, United Property Exchange Inc., located at 5335 NW 10th Court in Plantation. The complaints alleged fraud and grand theft.
The victims stated they received unsolicited telephone calls from the company informing them someone wanted to purchase their timeshare. The victims were instructed to send payment to the company to cover closing costs and fees, but the timeshares were never sold. The combined loss was estimated at $17,560.
Investigators with the department arrested Gale in Broward County on Friday and booked him into the Broward County Jail. He was charged with:
- Organized scheme to defraud (3rd degree felony- one count)
- Commercial telephone solicitation without a license (3rd degree felony- five counts)
- Criminal use of person identification information (3rd degree felony- five counts)
- Unlawful use of a two way communications device (3rd degree felony- five counts)
- Practicing real estate without a license (3rd degree felony- five counts)
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. Consumers who believe fraud has taken place can contact the department’s consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832).
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.