BELLAIRE — Attorneys with the monetary crimes division of the Michigan Legal professional Basic’s workplace are pursuing a larceny case towards the homeowners of a failed Antrim County “glamping” resort.
Bradley and Sandra Carlson in 2015 introduced plans to open a high-end glamour tenting resort, full with luxurious tents, tree homes and novelty villas, although one girl who acquired a witness subpoena from the AG’s workplace known as the enterprise a rip-off.
“I filed a police report with (Antrim County) Sheriff (Dan) Bean, with the State Police in Gaylord and with the police right here in Oakland County,” stated Mary DeAngelis, of Oxford. “I don’t assume the homeowners ever thought this may come to fruition, however right here we’re and I’m glad.”
Bradley Carlson was charged with 5 counts of larceny between $1,000 and $20,000 in 86th District Court docket, Sandra Carlson was charged with 4 counts of larceny between $1,000 and $20,000, and their enterprise, Bella Solviva Inc., is charged with one depend of larceny between $1,000 and $20,000 and one depend of larceny between $200 and $1,000, court docket information present.
A preliminary listening to, scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in entrance of District Court docket Decide Robert Cooney, was adjourned on the final minute, on the behest of the defendants, stated AG Communications Director Kelly Rossman-McKinney.
“We have been able to go,” Rossman-McKinney stated, of Monetary Crimes Division lawyer Kristen Stinedurf, who’s prosecuting the case.
The Carlsons, of Alden, are being represented by Traverse Metropolis lawyer Shawn Worden, court docket information present.
A name to Worden was not returned by press time.
DeAngelis stated in 2017 she and her daughter put down a $634 deposit on one of many campground’s websites, and seemed ahead to having an up-north retreat the 2 might use to trip collectively on weekends.
The resort was deliberate to be developed on 229 acres within the Jordan River Valley in Alden close to Torch and Intermediate lakes, information present.
“She needed to do one thing particular for me,” DeAngelis stated. “Then I seemed into it and advised her, ‘I wouldn’t give them another penny.’”
DeAngelis stated she linked with a number of others who advised her they misplaced their deposits, too. She’s since began a Fb group — Bella Solvivia BS Glamping Gone Mistaken — a personal group with 15 members who maintain one another knowledgeable, she stated.
Court docket information present the state expects to name as many as 39 witnesses, although Bella Solviva has been investigated on and off for a number of years, information present.
In 2017, DeAngelis stated a “particular investigator” with former Michigan Legal professional Basic Invoice Schuette’s workplace known as her to collect particulars in regards to the resort and the varied deposits that have been paid to the Carlsons, as beforehand reported.
At the moment DeAngelis stated she knew of no less than 4 different individuals who had additionally offered monetary statements and private testimony to the investigator.
State regulation places the statute of limitations for larceny at six years from the date of the transaction — Bella Solviva, Inc. was included June 13, 2015, information with the state’s Division of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs present.
The enterprise was dissolved July 15, 2018, LARA information present.
A 2015 crowdfunding marketing campaign on Indiegogo in search of to boost $50,000 for Bella Solviva, additionally closed after elevating $2,951 from seven backers.
The founders had been profiled in a wide range of information shops, together with Crains Chicago Enterprise, which quoted Bradley Carlson as categorizing glampers as an “underserved market.”
Glamping.com, an internet booker of glamping websites for international vacationers just like AirBnB, lists just one facility in Michigan — The Fields of Michigan in South Haven, which Conde Nast Traveler reported has not too long ago expanded.