Since November 2010, Bamboozled has been reporting on the activities of Daryl Turner, a man whose travel companies have allegedly scammed hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars.
The reported scams follow a predictable pattern. The travel company promises free or discounted vacations to consumers who agree to attend a travel seminar. Consumers would then pay thousands of dollars for membership to a discount travel club or for discounted vacations, but those vacations never happened.
If you think you have been a victim of one of Turner’s companies, you can file a complaint with the Division of Consumer Affairs online at state.nj.us/lps/ca/comp.htm or by calling (973) 504-6200 or (800) 242-5846.
Below is a timeline of Bamboozled’s coverage of Turner’s travel company activities.
November 1, 2010: Bamboozled first learns about Daryl Turner’s travel scams after a couple is cheated out of $600 and a promised free vacation by Away We Go, one of Turner’s many travel companies. Further investigation revealed that nearly 550 complaints have been filed against Turner and his many travel companies. Click here.
December 13, 2010: After the publication of Bamboozled November column, the number of complaints against Turner reaches 676 and more travel companies are added to Consumer Affair’s lawsuit against Turner. Click here.
February 2, 2011: The state announces a $3 million settlement with Daryl Turner and bans him from engaging in any travel-related business in New Jersey for the next five years. Click here.
March 21, 2011: About $2.2 million of Turner’s $3 million settlement with the state was earmarked for victims of his travel scams, but customers who paid with their credit cards are having problems getting refunded. Click here.
June 27, 2011: The state claims Turner violated the February settlement by starting another travel company. The state has also yet to receive any of the $3 million settlement from Turner. Click here.
July 23, 2011: Turner spends five days in jail after being arresting for second degree theft by deception. The state also seizes his seven bank accounts, four luxury cars and speedboat. Click here.
November 7, 2011: Consumer Affairs begins working with credit card companies to get customers who used their credit cards to spend payment to Turner’s companies a refund. Click here.
December 2, 2012: Consumers who were scammed by Turner’s companies show enough evidence to a grand jury to move forward with their class-action lawsuit. Click here.
February 11, 2013: Eighteen months after Turner’s arrest, none of the hundreds of customers scammed by Turner have received any restitution. Click here.
April 23, 2013: Turner and his wife are indicted on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, theft and failure to file a state income tax return. Click here.
June 10, 2013: Turner’s wife is arraigned in Burlington County Court and offered a plea deal in exchange for testimony against her husband. Click here.
August 8, 2013: Turner pleads guilty to a charge of second-degree theft by deception and the state recommends he be sentenced to seven years in jail. His wife also plead guilty to theft by deception and the state has recommended she serve five years. Click here.
September 9, 2013: A victim of one of Daryl Turner’s travel clubs gets a refund from Chase — and an unexpected tax bill. Click here.
November 13, 2013: Karin goes on Connecticut TV station WFSB Channel 3 to talk about Daryl Turner’s arrest. Click here.
February 1, 2014: Turner is sentenced to seven years in prison and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, receives five years probation. Click here.
June 11, 2014 : Wife of Daryl Turner, an alleged travel scammer is offered a plea deal. Click here.
September 18, 2014 : Daryl Turner’s and s victims are getting money back from the travel scheme, but it may not be as much as they would like. Click here.
December 8, 2014: A full timeline of Daryl Turner’s travel scams are published. Click here
December 10, 2014: Victims from Turner’s scam battle to get their money back. Click here
January 26, 2015: Andy Rizzo, a victim of Turner’s travel scams, now claims to be a victim of bureaucracy. Click here.