A Michigan company that advertised “a premium camping experience,” also known as “glamping,” was convicted Monday on two criminal charges after never building the resort in County Antrim.
Bella Solviva Inc. did not contest one count of theft by conversion between $ 1,000 and $ 20,000 and one count of theft by conversion between $ 200 and $ 1,000. A plea of ââno contest is not the same as a guilty plea, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
The company could be ordered to pay fines, court costs and restitution when it is convicted on December 13. But since Bella Solviva is a business, she can’t face jail time.
Company owners Bradley Carlson and his wife Sandra Carlson were sentenced to two years probation last month and ordered to pay restitution.
Between 2015 and 2017, the couple made installments for the “glampground”, calling it a “comfortable eco-camping, created for outdoor adventure enthusiasts who have an appetite for indulgence.”
More than 30 couples made a down payment but were never reimbursed, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
âThe victims in the case have been lied to and exploited, and my office will not stand up for companies that defraud their customers and steal their money,â Nessel said. âConsumers need to be able to trust that their hard-earned money will be used as intended. ”