Elite Caravans Survives $1,000,000 Embezzlement

Article by · December 14, 2017 ·

Elite Caravans has allegedly been embezzled by up to $1,000,000 by one of its employees, the company has said when ROAM spoke with owner Adrian Capolla. An email sent to customers earlier this week advised that “Elite Caravans has detected a sophisticated fraud that has perpetrated against it by an employee/contractor over a protracted period of time.”

We’re doing pretty well, given the circumstances,” Mr Capolla said, “and we’re definitely still in the business of building caravans for our customers.”

It’s alleged one of Elite’s sales representatives had been taking deposits and part payments on floor stock caravans, but depositing the money into his own bank accounts. Amounts are unconfirmed, but its alleged payments between $15,000 and $20,000 at a time were unscrupulously taken from customers.

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“This is a big hit to the company, no doubt about it,” says Mr Capolla, “but importantly, we’re very committed to delivering the caravans people have bought, even while we continue to pursue legal avenues to recoup the money. No customers will be left in the lurch.” According to Mr Capolla, police are investigating the matter, which was initially discovered when a customer questioned where their money had been deposited.

Elite Caravans is a renowned Victorian caravan manufacturer, which has twice been awarded for its manufacturing standards and quality of product. The company custom builds most of its product to customer desire, often creating bold products like off-road ready Dirty Harry or Balistic. The company’s on-road caravans are typically highly featured and focused on luxury living.

Any Elite Caravans customers concerned, or who have questions should direct them to qa@elitecaravans.com.au

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About Brendan Batty

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10 Comments

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    Nixons

    Who is the salesman involved? Interested!

    • mm

      Brendan Batty

      Elite wouldn’t say, but we’re sure it will be revealed eventually

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    Aren’t Elite on the FB lemon list?

    • mm

      Brendan Batty

      Isn’t everyone?

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        Mike Coleman

        No Brendan,
        43 manufacturers on the Lemon List from 107 manufacturers operating as at 31/7/17. See here for list of manufacturers – https://caravanbuyersguide.com.au/caravan-makers/
        Prospective buyers have 64 ‘not on the lemon list’ to choose from – that’s 60% .
        It seems that you have a set against that FB page – a journalist should be impartial, but you have shown a bias through your ‘isn’t everyone’ comment . I don’t expect this reply to survive your ego.

        • mm

          Brendan Batty

          I’m skeptical of this part of the list – “The veracity of claims by members is not fully checked by the administration” and “a manufacturer or dealer may only have one complaint”.

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    Kay

    That is terrible, but what about their suppliers whom they owe money to? They are still waiting for payment,some from April 2017.

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    Colin Campbell

    I bought an Elite Diamond Atlantic over 3 Years Ago and have had nothing but problems it’s a lemon and I have the pictures to prove it Keep Away from this mob !!!

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    GregC

    Our experience with Elite has been nothing but positive over the 3 years since buying our Balistic Armageddon. We order a top shelf van with custom features and Elite delivered brilliantly. We attended the factory on 2 ocassions throughout the manufacturing process and were greeted and treated like family.

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    Darren L

    I’m not happy with my lemon from this supplier….. 40 plus warranty items. They also got the weights wrong on the plate. Legal action is the only way to move forward as they will not listen. They should be on the list. Adrian’s Comment “No customer will be left in the lurch” is in my opinion not correct.


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