DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a temporary injunction and an ongoing asset freeze Friday against a local firm that allegedly defrauded timeshare customers.
A state district court in Dallas issued the temporary injunction and maintained the ongoing asset freeze after Abbott’s office filed an enforcement action against husband and wife Charles Williams II and Glenda Williams, and their firm Legal Advocate for the Consumer. Abbott’s office also named Advocate for the Consumer LLC and Charles Williams’ aliases, Charles Robertson and Chip Townsend, as defendants.
Charles Williams allegedly used multiple aliases and fabricated portraits in multiple states to advertise his mediation services. Williams allegedly represented that he had access to licensed attorneys who could represent the interests of clients in ridding themselves of onerous timeshare payment contracts and obligations.
The defendants allegedly accepted upfront payments of $1,500 to initiate the process, claiming that they would use their legal skills to void the timeshare contracts, obtain refunds and protect credit ratings. The defendants allegedly failed to deliver, retaining clients’ advance fees and never providing refunds.
The defendants also allegedly used fake forms to convince clients of the firm’s legitimacy, made false claims on their website and misled consumers about working closely with Abbott’s office on contract cancellations as part of a collaborative process.