• Report: #679738

Complaint Review: World Presidential Travel

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  • Submitted: Thu, January 06, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, March 09, 2013

  • Reported By: Gino — New York City New York United States of America
World Presidential Travel
Osprey Dr.4 Unit A/B Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Select State/Province United States of America

World Presidential Travel World Vacations LLC, Grand Getaway Vacations, Member Services Group, John Jureidini, John P. Narez, Dan Lemrond. Deceptive Travel Practices Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Other

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Steve Ingram is a crackhead who got fired

*Consumer Comment: Moved operation to St. Thomas, USVI

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Police corruption, tourist complaints and unfair sales preactices

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We were suckered into attending a sales presentation by a barker (street salesperson) on Front Street that used a Scratch-and-Win card to convince us we had won the grand prize. We attended the travel club presentation that offered their services for $14,500 plus annual fees. Of course, they dropped the price significantly and offered to buy our timeshare when we didn't take the hook. These people are professionals and they make the deal sound too good to be true. By the way, the so-called free prize was a travel voucher that costs over $200 to redeem.

After doing some research on the company and its employees, we were sorry to learn that the deal was too good to be true and it appears that this company is ripping people off for many thousands of dollars. John Jureidini, the owner, was charged with travel fraud by the New Jersey Attorney General and investigated for similar deceptive business activities in Pennsylvania. John Narez was charged with deceptive travel practices by the Texas Attorney General. Dan Lemrond has been previously convicted on travel fraud charges. All this can be easily verified by simple Google searches. The Member Services Group (incorporated in South Carolina) that supposedly fulfills the travel purchases for World Presidential Travel was registered by the same person that registered a similar (now defunct) company related to Jureidini's operations in Pennsylvania. Both of these companies have a similar multilayer corporate structure and use the same deceptive sales tactics.

Other related companies: Universal Dreams Travel Club, Leisure Connections Travel, Caribbean Fun Stay

World Presidential Travel appears to specialize in promoting their travel club to cruise passengers who are in port for the day (it's more difficult to cancel the contract if you have left the country). If you are on a cruise ship that will dock in Sint Maarten, ask your cruise director to warn passengers to not fall for travel club scams. We found out the hard way that it can really spoil an otherwise nice vacation.


This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/06/2011 07:46 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/World-Presidential-Travel/Philipsburg-Sint-Maarten-Select-StateProvince-/World-Presidential-Travel-World-Vacations-LLC-Grand-Getaway-Vacations-Member-Services-Gr-679738. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Steve Ingram is a crackhead who got fired

AUTHOR: Caribbean John - (USA)

Steve,

Wrong again. Here's the truth......


A) Steve Ingram got fired from Divine Destinations for using drugs & alcohol while on the job.

B) Steve Ingram's last paycheck was withheld to cover our expenses of flying him here as well as housing.

C) Steve Ingram is "Joe Traveller", a disgruntled ex employee

D) Steve Ingram texted me that he was going to hurt me on the internet.

That's the truth.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Moved operation to St. Thomas, USVI

AUTHOR: Joe Traveler - (United States of America)

Reggie is John Jureidini, who is described in the complaint. Jureidini now runs a similar operation in St. Thomas, USVI called Divine Destinations. In consumer complaints related to that company, "Reggie" identifies himself as Jureidini. It's difficult to say what's true in his accusations against Fred Slagle, but one thing is sure. Jureidini has a long history of consumer complaints and travel-related investigations by law enforcement. Be very careful if you are in St. Thomas and are approached by his street marketers (OPCs, barkers).
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Police corruption, tourist complaints and unfair sales preactices

AUTHOR: Reggie - (U.S.A.)

The below link should explain everything.

FS is FRED SLAGLE.

http://www.thedailyherald.com/islands/1-islands-news/12644-allegations-of-violence-and-police-corruption-in-timeshare-operation.html

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