Joanne and Fred Gonet planned to have the trip of a lifetime.
They put down more than $9,000 in a deposit for the trip but they never went on the vacation.
They booked the trip through the Sarasota-based company “Legendary Journeys.”
Hundreds of other consumers experienced similar problems with the company.
The company closed its doors in October of 2017 with little warning and took the deposits of hundreds of people for planned vacations that never happened.
Now, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has filed a civil action to help get the consumers some of their money back.
More than 800 people have filed complaints against Legendary Journeys.
The complaints total more than $3.2 million in losses.
According to the complaint filed by the attorney general’s office, company owner Adrian L. Ferguson, also known as Al Ferguson, and another owner, Charles T. Scott, used funds from their corporation to furnish a lavish personal lifestyle.
According to the complaint, “Ferguson and Scott misappropriated Legendary Journey’s assets, effectively stealing from people who had paid for travel.”
The complaint also states, “Ferguson routinely ran up thousands of dollars per month in personal credit card charges and exclusively used funds from Legendary’s checking account to pay off the balance.
Charles Scott, Legendary’s vice president and Ferguson’s spouse, spent a staggering $44,319.52 at Saks Fifth Avenue using Legendary’s credit.”
Consumers who feel they were taken by the company can contact the attorney general’s office by calling 1-866-9NOSCAM.