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Charleston man pleads guilty to timeshare scheme

By Staff reports

A Charleston man pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to conspiring to defraud timeshare owners throughout the United States and Canada, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s office.

David Andrew Glynn, 47, admitted that he set up a bogus company, Mountain State Resales LLC, that was purportedly in the business of brokering timeshare sales.

Glynn and others contacted timeshare owners, told them that MSR had buyers for their timeshares, and asked them to pay fees and expenses necessary to complete the sales.

Glynn also contacted timeshare owners who had been victims of prior fraud schemes and posed as an agent with “Internal Revenue Recovery Associates,” a fictional entity that he claimed was affiliated with a governmental agency.

He said he was investigating timeshare fraud schemes and needed the victims of such schemes to send money to MSR to assist with its recovery efforts.

During his plea hearing, Glynn admitted that MSR received more than $86,000 from the fraud scheme, according to a news release. As part of the plea agreement, he will be required to make full restitution. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 24.

Also Tuesday in federal court, Reginald Bennett, 40, of Cedar Grove, pleaded guilty to unlawful concealment of a firearm, according to Goodwin’s office.

In September 2013, Bennett was stopped by the Charleston Police Department for a traffic violation. He had a .38 caliber Colt revolver, according to the release. Bennett was prohibited from possessing any gun because of a prior felony conviction.

After his arrest and release, Bennett removed a Ruger M77 rifle from his home in Cedar Grove, and hid it in a home in South Charleston to prevent law enforcement officers from finding it, according to the release. The rifle was discovered when a federal search warrant was executed.

Bennett faces a maximum penalty of 20 year in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 11.

A Wayne County woman was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 months and one day in federal prison for her role in helping a convicted felon acquire five firearms from a Huntington pawn shop, according to Goodwin’s office.

Brittany Amanda Hewlett, 25, previously pleaded guilty in May of 2014 to making a false statement in acquisition of a firearm.

On Feb. 26, 2014, Hewlett and an associate went to a Huntington pawn shop to buy five guns. Hewlett completed a federally required form, and claimed that she was buying the guns for herself when the guns were actually for her associate, who was legally prohibited from buying or possessing guns.

When Hewlett and the associate returned later to the pawn shop to finalize the gun purchase, an undercover federal agent posed as the sales clerk.

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