Charleston man pleads guilty to defrauding timeshare owners
Charleston, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that David Brandon Ball, 35, of Charleston pled guilty in federal court today to his role in defrauding timeshare owners throughout the United States and Canada. Ball admitted that he and his associate, David Andrew Glynn, formed Mountain State Resales, LLC (MSR) a bogus company used to defraud timeshare owners of money. Ball and his associates advised timeshare owners that MSR had a buyer for their timeshares, and asked them to front money to MSR in South Charleston, to cover fees and expenses necessary to facilitate the sales. MSR had no buyers for the timeshares and Ball knew that the timeshare owners would not receive anything in return for money sent to MSR.
Ball and his associates, including Glynn, also posed as “agents” and contacted timeshare owners who previously lost money in other timeshare fraud schemes and represented that they were affiliated with a non-existent organization named “Internal Revenue Recovery Associates” and were investigating timeshare fraud schemes. Ball admitted that he and his coconspirators told the timeshare owners to send money to MSR to assist “agents” in recovering the lost funds.
At his plea hearing, Ball admitted that neither MSR nor Internal Recovery Associates were legitimate businesses and were used to defraud timeshare owners. Ball also admitted that MSR received at least $80,346 from the conspiracy. Ball further admitted that in 2013, he operated a Florida-based company called International Transfers and Documents (International Transfers), that like MSR, was created and used to defraud timeshare owners of more than $145,000.
Ball has agreed to pay restitution to the victims of both MSR and International Transfers. Ball is scheduled to be sentenced on July 8, 2015. Glynn has already pled guilty and been sentenced for his role in the offense.
Today’s plea stems from an investigation being conducted by the West Virginia State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Meredith George Thomas is handling the prosecution.