TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement arrested George Anthony Negron, Jr., 33, of Kissimmee for allegedly conducting a scheme that defrauded five victims of more than $15,000 through fraudulent timeshare sales.
“Floridians are all too often the target of scammers hoping to obtain their hard-earned money by any means possible, including deals that are too good to be true,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I thank our law enforcement officers and investigators for their dedication to the well-being of our residents.”
According to the investigation, WWFS Inc., owned and operated by Negron, would defraud timeshare vacation property owners by brokering fraudulent real estate transactions. Once the payments were received, the business did not execute the real estate transaction and ceased communication with the victims.
The following tips help protect consumers from common scams:
- Before any purchase is made, research whether the telemarketer or telemarketing salesperson is registered with FDACS and if any complaints have been filed against them. Visit FreshFromFlorida.com’s Business/Complaint Lookup or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).
- Do not give out bank account, credit card or personal information (date of birth, mother’s maiden name, Social Security number, etc.) over the telephone, unless it is to a known and trusted source.
- Request written information by mail about the organization itself, as well as the product, service, investment or charity.
Negron was booked into the Orange County Jail on five felony charges, including: Organized Scheme to Defraud, Grand Theft, Unlicensed Real Estate Activity, Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, and Commercial Telephone Solicitation without a License.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit FreshFromFlorida.com.