By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A Marlton, New Jersey couple faces fraud and money laundering charges in connection with a travel scam New Jersey authorities thought they had stopped by means of a $3 million dollar civil settlement.
But the money was never paid, and prosecutors contend the couple just kept on bilking people, to the tune of more than $700,000, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.
Daryl Turner and Robyn Bernstein are looking at several years in prison and hefty fines if convicted in Burlington County Court.
“Like a pair of old school con artists, Turner and Bernstein allegedly operated eight different travel companies in a little over four years, closing one company down and opening another in a new location whenever they felt the heat because consumers learned about their fraud,” Chiesa explained.
Chiesa expects many of the thousand or so complainants could be made whole, if there’s a guilty verdict.
Officials have seized three luxury cars and placed a lien on the couple’s palatial home.
Turner’s attorney insists his client is innocent and is anxious to clear his name in court.