A Michigan company that advertised “a premium camping experience,” also known as “glamping,” was sentenced on Monday to two criminal charges after it never built 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 no contest is not the same as a plea of guilty, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
The company could be ordered to pay fines, court costs and restitution when it is sentenced on December 13. But since Bella Solviva is a business, she cannot face a prison sentence.
The owners of the business, Bradley Carlson and his wife Sandra Carlson, were sentenced last month to two years probation and ordered to pay compensation.
Between 2015 and 2017, the couple took deposits for the “glampground”, calling it “a cozy eco-friendly campsite, created for outdoor adventure seekers with an appetite for indulgence”.
More than 30 couples paid a deposit but were never refunded, according to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
“The victims in the case were lied to and taken advantage of, and my office will not defend companies that defraud their customers and steal their money,” Nessel said. “Consumers need to be able to trust that their hard-earned money will be used as intended.”
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