What are the odds of something like this happening?!
During an investigation into a time share company accused of taking people’s money and running, WPTV’s Shannon Cake and photogs ran into a familiar face to them and many others who’ve watched WPTV for years.
As the crew staked out the offices of Premier Time Share a former colleague was seen frequently coming and going. It was former morning meteorologist Rob Lopicola! Allegedly a manager at the firm WPTV’s investigation targeted.
WPTV reporter Shannon Cake and two photogs confronted Lopicola one morning as he walked toward the office building and asked him why hundreds of people complained the time share company took their refundable deposits and never returned them. He told them they only ask for fees to advertise the customer’s time share
Shannon Cake asked Lopicola if she could go up to the office with him and talk to one happy, satisfied client of theirs. Lopicola told her he would instead go and get his boss and come back in a few minutes. The crew ended up waiting for him for over an hour but he didn’t return.
According to WPTV’s investigation, customers are accusing Premier Time Share of promising to sell their time shares in exchange for a refundable fee. A former employee told WPTV there never is a buyer for the time share. The former employee claims company management told them the units will never be sold and that “…these people are going to give you their money … if they are stupid enough to give it we’re going to take it”.
Video of WPTV’s story after the jump
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