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Arkansas court enters $2.7M judgment against Springfield firm

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An Arkansas court last month ordered a Springfield timeshare exit company and its co-owner to pay nearly $2.7 million in restitution and fines.

The judgment was entered April 22 against Real Travel LLC and Brian Scroggs in Benton County Circuit Court, according to online public records. The court ruling was outlined in a news release yesterday from the Better Business Bureau, which previously issued consumer advisories about the business.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed suit against Real Travel, Scroggs and co-owner Bart Bowe in 2019 for allegedly failing to provide promised services and engaging in high-pressure, deceptive sales practices, according to past reporting. Rutledge in October announced a judgment against Bowe that orders $50,000 in restitution and $450,000 in suspended civil penalties.

Real Travel, according to the release, was legally based in Arkansas but conducted business from Springfield.

“We applaud Attorney General Rutledge for helping protect consumers and getting these bad actors from operating in their state until they take care of their customers,” said Michelle Corey, BBB St. Louis president and CEO, in the release. “Hopefully, the result of this case sends a message to others in the timeshare exit industry considering such deceptive behavior.”

The latest court order found violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office last year filed suit against Scroggs and his Springfield-area timeshare exit companies Real Travel, The Transfer Group LLC, Vacation Consulting Services LLC and VCS Communications LLC.

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