Report: #181250

Complaint Review: MVI Marketing, Inc. Mini Vacations, Inc.

  • Submitted: Tue, March 14, 2006
  • Updated: Wed, May 03, 2006
  • Reported By: clearwater Florida
  • MVI Marketing, Inc. Mini Vacations, Inc.
    3504 Cragmont Drive
    Tampa, Florida

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MVI Marketing gets visit from ripped-off Tampa customer.Mike Burke the co. president & theft took $1500 from me for a promised April 06 cruise . I GOT something he will really be sorry he left behind in trashed closed office suite. I know his contacts & more. I want help in making his life & new marriage miserable. He has a older daughter named Collenn Imagine that he's newly married with a new baby too living in Brandon,(probaly driving a Toyota) Florida with OUR hardearned money.

Along with State attorney general(#813--247-8000), Division of consumer Services (#800-Help-FLA) my attorney, FL. consumer affairs fraud hotline (#866-966-7226), Channel 28 ABC-TV in Tampa, the Tampa tribune, we will find this crook & bring him to justice.

I want all of us to get our money back and expose this industry for what it is a giant consumer suck vacuum. Hopefully, this can go all the way up to a 60 minutes like report.thanks to for this access to expose this multi-peopled rip-off.

tampa bay, Florida
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#1 Consumer Comment

Rebuttal regarding family info

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

I really do not understand why the above posters are attacking and basically threatening Mr. Burke's family. Although they were employees of Mini Vacations, Inc. they had nothing to do with the daily operations of the failure of the company. The company simply ran out of money. I do not understand why you were let into a building that contained company information and how you were able to STEAL company and personal information. If this personal information is released you could be criminally libal. I suggest you try and hire and attorney to get restituation and stop threatening the family.

Note to the editor: Why would you even let these people post personal information regarding Mr Burke's family...although most if not all is inaccurate!!!!
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#2 Author of original report

Looking for refund from MiniVacations

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

We sent a $1499 check to these people on January 29 and now find out from ABC Action News that MVI closed their doors on Feb.6 with no forwarding. I went to their trashed office in Tampa and come to find out from landlord in same building that he is owed alot of rent. Mr, Mike Burke a few of us are looking for you. You will not duck us like you did to Action News. WE will hunt you down to bring you to justice!! How can you rip off hard working good citizens?? WE want our money refunded. My fiancee was in tears over this "dream vacation." Make good on this and we will leave you alone. If anybody who also got ripped by them wants to join me please call 1-866-568-8821 Howard.

There is strength in numbers and we will prevail over this theft. I know about where he lives & more about him & family.

Thank you to ripoffreport for this excellent forum and please help us get our money back.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Contacts Try these and post feedback on this forum - Please - Jose Martinez 941 552 7885 X1477 or 941 727 3100 Vice Pres: Grace Martinez 941 928 0197

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

Burke is not newly married, he is newly divorced from his 2nd (younger wife Rebecca), they have two kids. This was one of the problems, the divorce settlement (which was available on-line)
took plenty of money from MVI. He supports his kids from the first marriage, who all worked (ha, ha)at the company. Toyota, NO, try Mercedes plus a Lexus. This company and the Burke, and Martinez familes were all about excess. Big trips, big homes, country clubs, etc....

The short of this is they would take your money for a bogus trip, never book it with the cruise line. The employees would even take commission on the sale! The cruise certificate manager Kim Brown and her employees were raking in the bucks. Then when time came for the trip they would find an excuse to postpone (while the people in New Orleans suffered with Katrina, MVI was delighted with a new excuse) just keeping your money and putting you back on the catch-us-if-you-can merry-go-round.

I realize that the company is incorporated and has some protections, but this was out and out fraud. Mike Burke, Jose Martinez, Kim Brown and Cindy Willis, the architects of this fraud should be held personally accountable. Where are you Florida Attorney General?

Here are contact numbers that I have researched. Try them and give feedback on this forum.

Grand Incentives 888-269-0182. Owner: Jose Martinez: 941 552 7885 X1477

Investigator Craig Allen from the Florida Department of Agriculture on 863 519 8476.

Investor's for new MVI Clones:
Swart Baumruk & Company
717 E Oak St
Kissimmee, FL 34744-4580
800 361 1754

Thomas Hansen
400 Missouri Avenue, Suite 107
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Ph: 812-206-6200
Fax: 812-206-6201

Seems as if Mini Vacations (a.k.a. Grand Getaways Travel Club) has morphed into Grand Incentives:

President: Jose Martinez 941 552 7885 X1477 or 941 727 3100
Vice Pres: Grace Martinez 941 928 0197

St. Maartin Operations: 866 978 4875

People who may be able to get you a refund

Swart Baumruk & Company CPA
717 E Oak St
Kissimmee, FL 34744-4580
(407) 847-7466

Thomas Hansen
Accent Online
400 Missouri Avenue, Suite 107
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Ph: 812-206-6200
Fax: 812-206-6201
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