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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]
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