Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Florida crime unit investigates Largo travel club

The Florida Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday it is investigating whether a Largo-based travel club has engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Suncoast Incentives LLC was issued a subpoena Tuesday by the attorney general's economic crimes unit. According to the subpoena, Suncoast Incentives also does business as United Vacation Network, Suncoast Vacations, Travel Services USA LLC and Capital Financial Marketing. All those companies are based in Pinellas County, but Suncoast has operated travel seminars elsewhere, including Hudson.

Prosecutors are seeking copies of customer contracts, marketing materials and corporate organizational charts, among other documents.

Travel clubs entice people to buy lifetime memberships worth thousands of dollars. In exchange, the club promises steep discounts on airfare, hotels and other amenities.

Suncoast Incentives is registered to Largo lawyer Donald Giffin. Nicholas Congleton of Largo is listed as manager, according to Division of Corporation records. Neither returned calls seeking comment.

A dozen consumer complaints have been filed against Suncoast Incentives since last year, according to the Department of Agriculture's Consumer Services Division. Eight were never resolved. Since 2005, more than 200 complaints have been filed against United Vacation Network, which is registered as a separate entity with the Consumer Services Division. Nearly 130 of those complaints have not been resolved.

Florida crime unit investigates Largo travel club 03/18/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 9:39am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. University student accused of making bomb threat on Snapchat

    Crime

    DELAND — A Florida university student is accused of making threats on Snapchat to "bomb" or "gas" the campus.

    Stetson University freshman Griffin Powell, 18, is accused of making threats on Snapchat to "bomb" or "gas" the campus in DeLand.


  2. Tiki Barber will join his brother, Ronde, on Fox broadcast for Bucs-Giants

    Bucs

    FOX announced Monday night that former Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber will have a familiar face joining him as a guest analyst for the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants game in Tampa: his twin brother Tiki, who will join …

    Tiki Barber, right, will join his brother, Ronde, left, as a guest analyst on the Oct. 1 Bucs-Giants broadcast on FOX. [Times files (2006)]
  3. Cannons will fire again when Bucs return to Raymond James Stadium

    Bucs

    As good as the Bucs looked in their season-opening 29-7 win against the Bears on Sunday, fans couldn't help but notice that the success didn't sound the same at Raymond James Stadium.

     Ron Gutschmidt is perched on top of the Buccaneer pirate ship ready to activate the ship's cannons with the press of a button after a Buccaneer touchdown. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  4. Rick and Tom podcast: How should Joe Maddon be remembered tonight?

    The Heater

    Rick Stroud and Tom Jones talk about Joe Maddon's return to Tropicana Field for the first time since he left the Rays in 2014 in the latest edition of our Rick and Tom podcast. They discuss the mixed emotions …

    Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field tonight for the first time since he left the Rays in 2014. [Getty Images]
  5. Watch live: President Trump's speech to the U.N. General Assembly

    World

    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron are expected to take the spotlight at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations — but it's the tough global challenges from the nuclear threat in North Korea and the plight of Myanmar's minority Muslims to the …

    President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in New York. [Associated Press]