Feds Punish Ruthless Mexico Cartel Members For … Timeshare Scam

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has sanctioned eight Mexican companies and three members of the violent Mexican cartel, Cartel de Jaslisco Nueva Generacion, for targeting Americans and others in a timeshare fraud scam.

FILE - The Department of the Treasury's seal outside the Treasury Department building in Washington on May 4, 2021. The national debt is at the core of a dispute about how to raise the government's legal borrowing authority, which could come to a head this summer if the government runs out of accounting maneuvers to keep paying its bills. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
  •  The fraud scam took place in and near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, and the proceeds were used to finance trafficking of fentanyl and other drugs into the U.S.
  • Three violent senior CJNG members were designated: Carlos Andres Rivera Varela (“La Firma”), Francisco Javier Gudino Haro (“La Gallina”) and Julio Cesar Montero Pinzon (“El Tarjetas”).
  • They were CJNG enforcers based in Puerto Vallarta responsible for orchestrating “assassinations of rivals and politicians using high-powered weaponry,” OFAC said.Mexican timeshare fraud schemes often involve third-party scammers, OFAC said, who claim to have ready buyers and make unsolicited purchase offers to timeshare owners. If their offers are accepted, potential timeshare owners are asked to pay fees and taxes in advance to “facilitate or expedite the sale with assurances of reimbursement upon closing.”
  • Once multiple payments are made it’s too late; timeshare owners realize the offers were fake, there were no buyers, and their money was stolen.