New charge against travel company owner

Daryl Turner of Cherry Hill

July 19, 2011 2:34:32 PM PDT
State authorities have filed another charge against the owner of several vacation travel companies that are barred from doing business in the state.

One of the companies that sold the vacation packages, Bentley Travel, was based in Parsippany.

Agents promised a lifetime of dream vacations for discounted prices, but customers say the whole thing was a scam.

Dream Vacations International promised a "lifetime of memories".

Wioletta Polek remembers all right. She remembers paying almost $6,000 for a vacation package she could never use.

"That money was for my kids and they stole it," Polek said.

39-year-old Daryl Turner was arrested this week and charged with stealing $75,000 in a vacation scam from people like Wioletta.

She and her husband Marek thought the "gold package" they bought in 2009 would get them two weeks of luxury time shares every year, discounted airfare and car rentals, and a bonus Caribbean cruise.

"I never got anything except problems," Marek Polek said.

The Poleks can't get a refund and now Marek is working extra hours as an auto mechanic to try to earn it back.

He just got off probation, after police say he threatened the travel agency owner with a bat when he wouldn't refund his money.

"When I pulled out the bat I told the people, 'I'm not going to hurt anybody, it's for my protection,'" Marek Polek said.

Daryl Turner has already agreed to a civil settlement, paying $2.2 million in restitution, $478,000 in penalties, and being banned from the travel business for 5 years.

He claimed he didn't have any money to repay his victims, but then investigators say they learned he and his wife owned a Ferrari and a Bentley, and were even trying to open a new travel business.

"Enough is enough," Marek Polek said.

They also operated travel agencies under the names Dreamworks Vacation Club, Modern Destinations Unlimited and La Bonne Vie Travel.

Now Turner is facing up to ten years in prison if he's found guilty.