New Jersey Couple Admits Running Travel Scam for Years

gavelThe Associated Press, August 8, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey couple who operated several vacation travel club companies have admitted stealing millions of dollars from customers.

State prosecutors say 41-year-old Daryl Turner and his 44-year-old wife, Robyn Bernstein, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft by deception charges. Daryl Turner faces seven years in prison when he's sentenced in January, while his wife faces five years of probation.

Turner admitted that he pitched phony vacation travel membership packages to numerous customers. Besides his prison term, he also must enter a consent judgment to pay restitution of roughly $2.6 million.

As part of their plea agreements, the couple agreed to forfeit their Marlton mansion and other assets seized in the investigation, including various bank accounts.