May 7’19
Derrell Caprietta
Derrell Caprietta was convicted of one count of operating as a Travel Agent without registration contrary to S 4(1)(a) and S 31(1)(c) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002. The Court ordered Mr. Caprietta to pay a total fine of $3,750, which includes the Victim Fine Surcharge. Mr. Caprietta was also ordered to pay $3,025 restitution to a consumer and sentenced to a one-year probation.

 

Feb. 11'19 
Karen Gushue 
After being charged by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Ms. Karen Gushue was convicted on two counts of Operating as a Travel Agent without registration contrary to S 4(1)(a) and S 31(1)(c) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002. 

Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019.

 

Sept. 24'18
 Alicia Kielek
After being charged by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Ms. Alicia Kielek pleaded guilty on September 20, 2018, to two counts of Operating as a Travel Agent without registration contrary to S 4(1)(a) and S 31(1)(c) of the Act.  The sentencing will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2018. 

This is Ms. Kielek’s second offence, after she pleaded guilty in 2016 to five counts of operating without registration. She is currently on a probation order with respect to the first offences that requires her to pay $13,904.96 in restitution by January 17, 2020, and perform 200 hours community service.

 

July 3`18
Akkiratourz Ltd. and Gukadharsini Packiyanathan

After being charged by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Akkiratourz Ltd. was convicted of two accounts of failing to hold customer funds in a designated trust account and one count of failing to deposit customer funds in a designated trust account. Akkiratourz actions were contrary to S 27(6) and S. 27(3) of the Regulation to the Travel Industry Act and Section 31)(1)(c) of the Act.

Ms. Gukadharsini Packiyanathan, a Director and Officer of Akkiratourz Ltd., pleaded guilty and was convicted of three counts of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Akkiratourz from committing the aforementioned trust accounting offences, contrary to S. 31(2) of the Act.

The Court ordered Akkiratourz to pay fines of $20,000 per count on each of the three counts for a total fine including 25 per cent surcharges of $75,000.

The Court ordered Ms. Packiyanathan be placed on probation for two years, including supervised requirements, such as 200 hours community service and a fine of $6500 payable to the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund, paid in full on or before June 26, 2020. Ms. Packiyanathan is also prohibited from being a travel agent or travel wholesaler, or an Officer or Director or employee or contractor of a travel agent or travel wholesaler for two years.

 

June 20`18 
Sakthivel Suppiah

After being charged by TICO, Mr. Sakthivel Suppiah, an officer and director of Skypride Travel and Tours, pleaded guilty and was convicted on one count of failing to hold customer funds in a designated trust account.  Mr. Suppiah’s actions were contrary to Section 31(2) and Section 31(1)(c) of the Act, and in respect of Section 27(6) of Regulation 26/05 to the Act. 

The Court sentenced Mr. Suppiah to Probation for two years, including 200 hours of community service to be completed on or before June 12, 2020, and a restitution order of $25,142 to the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. The total amount is to be paid on or before June 12, 2020. 
 

May 25`18
Elizabeth Sampson-Holder

After being charged by TICO, Elizabeth Sampson-Holder pleaded guilty to one count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002. Ms. Sampson-Holder operated in Toronto and other regions in Ontario. The Court ordered Ms. Sampson-Holder pay restitution of $1,198.

In addition to this conviction, Ms. Sampson-Holder was previously convicted of related criminal charges and received a 12-month conditional jail sentence served in the community. She was ordered to pay restitution of $12,050 and received a lifetime prohibition from seeking, obtaining or continuing employment that involves having authority over money or property of another person.


Feb 27`18
Dominic Daly
Dominic Daly was convicted of three counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act). Mr. Daly operated in Toronto.  The Court fined Mr. Daly a total amount, including Victim Fine Surcharge, of $3000. In addition to the fine, the Court Ordered Mr. Daly to pay Restitution of $3881 and placed him on Probation for two years. Finally, prior to the Court proceeding Mr. Daly also repaid $835 to a consumer.

Feb 16`18
Gerardo Calderon and Gladys Calderon o/a Smartchoice Travel & Tours

On February 12, 2018, Gerardo Calderon and Gladys Calderon, carrying on business as Smartchoice Travel & Tours, were convicted and sentenced under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002 (“Act”).  Gladys Calderon was convicted of five counts of failing to deposit and hold consumer funds in a trust account, contrary to section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 under the Act.  The Court sentenced Ms. Calderon to pay fines, including victim fine surcharge, totaling $10,000.00 and placed her on Probation for two years including Restitution of $23,700.00.

Gerardo Calderon was convicted of one count of making a false statement on an application for registration, contrary to Section 31(a) of the Act. The Court sentenced Mr. Calderon to a fine, including victim fine surcharge, totaling $2,500.00.

 

Jan 31`18
Frank Cardona

Francisco (Frank) Cardona pled guilty to and was convicted of 1 (one) count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the “Act”).

The Court ordered the following sentence on January 25, 2018:

  1. Fine of $10,000 to be paid within 2 years;
  1. Restitution totaling $4,060;
  1. 1 (one) year of probation requiring Mr. Cardona to report to a probation officer as so directed by his assigned probation office and to notify that probation office of any changes to his address. In addition, Mr. Cardona is required to:

(a) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform his prospective employer, in writing, of his conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002; and

(b) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform the Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002, in writing, of the position being offered, the name of the travel agent and the term of employment and shall provide proof of having informed the prospective employer of his conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.

Mr. Cardona paid $1,500 in restitution payments prior to being sentenced by the court.   Mr. Cardona was also convicted criminally on January 10, 2018 of 1 (one) count of fraud over $5,000. Sentencing in the criminal matter will be conducted at a later date.  Mr. Cardona operated in Toronto. He was previously an outside sales representative for Tri World Travel. Tri World Travel was convicted in September 2017 in relation to actions when Cardona was their outside sales representative.

 

Jan 24`18
Alicia Kielek

Alicia Kielek pled guilty and was convicted of 5 (five) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the “Act”). Ms. Kielek operated in Toronto.

The Court ordered the following sentence on January 19, 2018:

  1. 200 hours of community service to be completed within 2 years;
  1. Restitution totaling $13,904.96;
  1. 2 (two) years of probation requiring Ms. Kielek to report to a probation officer as so directed by her assigned probation office and to notify that probation office of any changes to her address. In addition, Ms. Kielek is required to:
  1. Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform her prospective employer, in writing, of her conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002; and
  2. Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform the Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002, in writing, of the position being offered, the name of the travel agent and the term of employment and shall provide proof of having informed the prospective employer of her conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.

Ms. Kielek paid $7,599.15 in restitution payments prior to being sentenced by the court.


Jan 22`18
Tajmahal Tourism Inc

On January 18, 2018, the Ontario Court of Justice convicted Tajmahal Tourism Inc. on five (5) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act).  In the same decision, the Court found Sunil Kumar Chinthapatla, who had been jointly charged with Tajmahal Tourism Inc., not guilty of personally operating as a travel agent without registration. This decision was based on the evidence at the trial. Tajmahal Tourism Inc. was sentenced to fines of $12,000.00 per count on all five counts consecutive for a total amount, including mandatory victim fine surcharge, of $72,000.00. 

 

Dec 21`17
Ron Greenwood 

Further to the previous conviction and sentencing of Ronald Greenwood in relation to the failure of MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. (“MKI”), Mr. Greenwood brought a proceeding in the Ontario Court of Appeal for the Court’s permission to hear a further appeal of his conviction and sentence.

On December 20, 2017, the Court denied this request and upheld the convictions entered March 10, 2017 and the sentence imposed on September 7, 2017 to:

  1. 18 months jail for each of the three (3) convictions. These jail sentences are to be served concurrently;
  1. Pay restitution in the amount of $2,036,933 to the Travel Industry Council of Ontario Compensation Fund.

The sentence was imposed in relation to the Ontario Court of Justice earlier finding that Ronald Greenwood was guilty of:

  1. Two (2) Counts of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account (section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the “Regulation”);
  1. One (1) Count of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent in advance of opening a second trust account (section 27(4) of the Regulation);


Sep 25`17
Tri World Travel (1054304 Ontario Ltd.) and Gary Cristello 

1054304 Ontario Ltd. o/a Tri World Travel (“Tri World”) and Gary Cristello, Officer/Director of Tri World, pled guilty and were convicted of the following offences:

  1. Tri World – Four (4) counts of furnishing false information relating to the provision of travel services, through its outside sales representative, contrary to section 27 of the Act.
  1. Tri World – Seven (7) counts of failing to hold customer funds in trust account, contrary to s. 27(6) of the Regulation.
  1. Mr. Cristello – Four (4) counts of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Tri World from committing an offence, through its outside sales representative, of furnishing false information relating to the provision of travel services, contrary to s. 27 of the Act.

The following sentences were imposed:

Tri World

  1. Fine in the amount of $10,000.
  2. Restitution to consumers in the amount of $2,000.

Mr. Cristello

  1. Fine in the amount of $5,000.

The pleas and convictions under the Act were joined with Tri World’s resolution of a concurrent administrative proceeding, through which further payments were made to consumers.

In relation to these matters, TICO has charged Frank Cardona, a former outside sales representative, with one (1) count of operating as a travel agent without registration. He is also facing criminal charges of fraud. Both matters are currently before the Court.



May 31`17
Carolyn Solomon and 1924067 Ontario Inc. 

Carolyn (Michelle) Solomon and 1924067 Ontario Inc. o/a Blue Mountain Travel pled guilty and were convicted of four (4) and one (1) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, respectively, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (theAct).

The pleas and convictions under the Act were joined with Ms. Solomon’s pleas and conviction of six (6) fraud related charges, under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Ms. Solomon was sentenced on both sets of charges, combined, as follows:

  1. 18 months’ jail, with credit for time already served;
  2. Three (3) years’ Probation with the condition (in addition to statutory conditions) that Ms. Solomon not sell or counsel for the purpose of selling any travel services to the public in any capacity;
  3. Restitution in the amount of $462,804.56 to be paid in equal monthly installments by the end of the 3-year probation period;
  4. An Order for a Fine In lieu of Forfeiture for the full amount of restitution. Failure to pay the full amount by the deadline provided, will result in Ms. Solomon’s imprisonment for another 3 years;
  5. A Prohibition Order for five (5) years prohibiting Ms. Solomon from having authority over real property, money or valuable security of another person; and
  6. An Order that a sample of Ms. Solomon’s DNA will be taken for future investigative purposes.

1924067 Ontario Inc. was sentenced to a fine of $50,000.00.

Ms. Solomon was the principal and a guiding mind of 1924067 Ontario Inc. and operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. In addition, Ms. Solomon was a former employee of 407488 Ontario Ltd. o/a Business & Vacation Travel Planners and Blue Mountain Travel (BMT), a registrant under the Act. BMT’s registration was voluntary terminated effective July 31, 2015. In a related prosecution, BMT and its officer and director, were charged and convicted of a number of offences under the Act. 

May 04`17
Pawel Jedruch

Mr. Pawel Jedruch pled guilty and was convicted of one count of acting or holding himself out as being available to act as a travel agent, without first being registered as a travel agent by the Registrar, Travel Industry Act2002, contrary to paragraph 31(1)(c) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act), specifically: advertising travel services to consumers via the internet and/or in a community newspaper contrary to paragraph 4(1)(a) of the said Act. The conviction was entered and the following sentence was imposed:

  1. Fine in the amount of $5,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fee, for a total of $6,250, payable over a period of 24 months.

Mr. Jedruch operated in Niagara Falls and elsewhere in Ontario. The offence occurred between March 2015 and October 2015. In compliance with section 4(1)(a) of the Act, since October of 2015, Mr. Jedruch has been employed by and selling travel services on behalf of an Ontario registered travel agent

Apr 12`17

Raquel Gordon

Raquel Gordon plead guilty and was convicted of two (2) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002.  Ms. Gordon operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario.  The following sentence was imposed:

  1. Fine in the amount of $5,000 plus Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $6,250;
  2. Restitution in the amount of $1,854, paid in advance of the guilty plea;
  3. Probation Order, imposed for a period of two (2) years, with the following conditions (in addition to statutory conditions):
  • Not to be employed in the travel industry, in any capacity;
  • Pay restitution in the amount of $1,236.

Mar 10`17
Ron Greenwood
Following TICO’s appeal of the decision of Her Worship Justice of the Peace Lauzon dated September 22, 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice granted TICO’s appeal, in part, as follows:

  1. Convicted Ron Greenwood of two (2) Counts of failing to prevent MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. (MKI) from committing an offence of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account (section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Regulation));
  1. Convicted Ron Greenwood of one (1) Count of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent in advance of opening a second trust account (section 27(4) of the Regulation);
  1. Upheld acquittal of Ron Greenwood and MKI of one (1) Count of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account (section 27(6) of the Regulation).

MKI was a registered travel agent and wholesaler under the Act whose registration was voluntarily terminated effective May 13, 2013. MKI operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario.  Ron Greenwood was a director and the guiding mind of MKI. The Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund has paid claims in excess of $2 million related to the closure of MKI. 


Mar 07`17

Thomas Chellakudam and Finton Travel Ltd.

Finton Travel Ltd. pled guilty and was convicted of 1 (one) count of carrying on business with Carolyn Solomon, who was required to be registered as a travel agent, but was not in fact so registered, contrary to section 20 of Ontario Regulation 26/05 (the Regulation) made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act).  Finton Travel Ltd. is a registered travel agent under the Act.  It operates in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. The conviction was entered and the following sentence was imposed:

  1. Restitution payable to 2 consumers, prior to the date of sentencing;
  2. Fine in the amount of $1,000, payable over the period of 24 months.

Thomas Chellakudam, an officer of Finton Travel Ltd., pled guilty and was convicted of one count of failing to take reasonable care to prevent Finton Travel Ltd. from committing the offence under section 20 of the Regulation, contrary to section 31(2) of the Act.  The conviction was entered and the following sentence was imposed:

  1. Fine in the amount of $3,000, payable over the period of 24 months.
  2. Probation Order for 1 year, effective on the date of the sentencing, with the following conditions attached, in addition to the statutory conditions outlined in Section 72 of the POA:
  • Mr. Chellakudam to attend a Financial Compliance Seminar offered by TICO
  • Mr. Chellakudam to sign up and write the Supervisor/Manager exam.  Mr. Chellakudam must successfully pass the exam by February 23, 2018. 

Feb 13`17
Lorna Arcega

Lorna Arcega plead guilty and was convicted of two (2) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (theAct).  Ms. Arcega operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. The plea and conviction under the Act was joined with the plea and conviction of four (4) counts of Fraud Under $5,000, under the Criminal Code of Canada.  Ms. Arcega was sentenced on both sets of charges as follows:

  1. Restitution in the amount of $40,000 relating to Criminal Code charges;
  2. Restitution in the amount of $4,000 in relation to the charges under the Act;
  3. Two (2) years Probation with the condition (in addition to statutory conditions) not to be employed in the travel industry, in any capacity;
  4. Community Service: 50 hours in relation to Criminal Code charges and 50 hours in relation to the charges under the Act, for a total of 100 hours.
  5. Stand alone Restitution Orders for $2,100 (relating to the charges under the Act) and $63,322.47 (relating to the Criminal Code charges).

Dec 05`16
Executive Worldwide Travel and Zakaria Sheikh 

501159 Ontario Limited o/a Executive Worldwide Travel (Executive Worldwide) and Zakaria Sheikh each pled guilty and were convicted of  2 counts of failing to hold customer funds in trust, contrary to section 27(6) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act).  The following sentence was imposed in relation to both counts:

Zakaria Sheikh

1. Fine in the amount of $7,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fees, for a total of $8,750;

2. Probation Order for 2 years;

3. Free Standing Restitution of $39,735.38 payable to TICO.

Executive Worldwide Travel:

1. Restitution, in the amount of CAD$13,656.77 and USD$2,290.85 payable to TICO.

2. Fine of $5,000, per count, for a total of $10,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fees.

Zakaria Sheikh was Manager and President of Executive Worldwide, a registered travel agent under the Act, which voluntarily terminated its registration effective July 13, 2015. The Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund paid $56,390.10 to reimburse consumers who paid Executive Worldwide for travel services not provided.  Zakaria Sheikh and Executive Worldwide operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario. 

Dec 05`16
Esna Travel

Pled guilty and was convicted of one (1) count of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account contrary to section 27(6) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 (Regulation) made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act) and of one (1) count of carrying on business with Rollah Zahir, who was required to be registered as a travel agent, but was not in fact so registered, contrary to section 20 of the Regulation.  Charges against Shakrukh Teherany and Suraiya Teherany, directors and officers of Esna Travel, were withdrawn.

Esna Travel was sentenced as follows:

1. Fine in the amount of $7,500 plus VFS, per count, for a total of $18,750 for both counts.

2. Pay restitution to consumers who paid for travel services not provided, in the amount of $93,800.

 

Dec 05`16
Ghulam Wahabi

Pled guilty and was convicted of one (1) count of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Act.  Mr. Wahabi was sentenced as follows:

1. Fine in the amount of $8,000 plus VFS, for a total of $10,000.

2. Pay Restitution to consumers who paid for travel services not provided, in the amount of $54,000.

Dec 05`16
Rollah Zahir 

Pled guilty and was convicted of one (1) count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Act.  Mr. Zahir was sentenced as follows:

1. Fine in the amount of $15,000 plus VFS, for a total of $18,750.

2. Probation Order for two (2) years starting November 3, 2016, with the following conditions:

(a) Not to be employed in the travel industry, in any capacity.

(b) Not to sell, solicit for the purpose of selling, counsel for the purpose of selling or contract for the purpose of purchase and sale of travel services, from any travel agent or travel wholesaler in Ontario.

3. Pay restitution to the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund in the amount of $50,000, pursuant to the Free Standing Restitution Order issued by the Court.

Nov 22`16
Maher Jaber and Global Events Management Group Inc.

In September 2016, the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court acquitted Global Events Management Group Inc. (Global Events) and Maher Jaber (collectively “Defendants”) of one count each of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002. TICO appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division.  The appeal was granted and the Defendants were convicted of operating as a travel agent without registration.  Mr. Jaber and Global Events were sentenced to a fine in the amount of $2,500 each, plus Victim Surcharge and Court Fees, for a total of $6,250. Mr. Jaber and Global Events operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. 

Nov 22`16
Miro Brcic and Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays Inc.
Miro Brcic and Sacred Rides Mountain Bike Holidays Inc. (Sacred Rides) pled guilty and each was convicted of 1 (one) count of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act). Mr. Brcic is an owner and director of Sacred Rides.  Mr. Brcic and Sacred Rides operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Mr. Brcic was sentenced to a fine of $3,500 plus Victim Surcharge Fine, for a total of $4,375.  Sacred Rides was sentenced to a fine of $1,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fine, for a total of $1,250. Sacred Rides has applied and is now registered as a travel agent under the Act.

Nov 16`16
Sherrill Denny
Sherrill Denny pled guilty and was convicted of two (2) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002. Ms. Denny was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 per count, plus Victim Surcharge Fees, for a total of $25,000, on both counts combined. Ms. Denny was employed as a branch manager of a TICO registered travel agency. Her actions resulted in substantial financial losses to the consumers. Her employer assumed liability and reimbursed the consumers. After the charges were laid, Ms. Denny reimbursed her employer in full. Ms. Denny operated in Stratford and elsewhere in Ontario.  

Sep 27`16
Mahendran Sivakolunthu
Mahendran Sivakolunthu plead guilty and was convicted of one (1) count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (theAct).  Mr. Sivakolunthu operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Mr. Sivakolunthu was sentenced as follows:

1. Fine in the amount of $3,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fees, for a total of $3,750, payable over two years.

2. Probation Order for one (1) year starting September 21, 2016 and ending September 21, 2017, with the following conditions:

  • Report to the Probation Officer within 5 days from the date of the Order and thereafter as required by the Officer.
  • Pay restitution to the consumer in the amount of $2000, payable monthly at not less than $170 per month until paid in full.
  • Prior to accepting employment in the travel industry, inform the employer of this conviction under the Act.
  • Within 5 days from accepting employment in the travel industry, inform the Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002, in writing, of the name of the agency.  

Aug 22`16
John Douglas Mills

John Douglas Mills, Sole Proprietor operating as Algonquin Travel, plead guilty and was convicted of one (1) count of failing to deposit customer funds into the trust account, contrary to section 27(3) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act).  Mr. Mills was a registrant under the Act and terminated his registration on June 4, 2015.  Mr. Mills operated in Oshawa and elsewhere in Ontario.

The plea and conviction under the Act was joined with the plea and conviction of one (1) count of Possession Over $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.  Mr. Mills was sentenced on both charges as follows:

  1. Four months custody to be served conditionally in the community;
  2. Two (2) years Probation with the condition (in addition to statutory conditions) not to be employed in the travel industry with or without remuneration;
  3. Stand alone Restitution Orders for $10,200 (relating to the Criminal charge) and $8,084.58 (relating to the charge under the Act).

June 09`16
David Hemmings and Jennifer Hemmings

David and Jennifer Hemmings plead guilty and were each convicted of 1 (one) count of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act). David and Jennifer Hemmings operated in Whitby and elsewhere in Ontario and have never been registered as travel agents under the Act.  The Defendants were sentenced as follows:

  1. Jennifer Hemmings - $3,000 fine plus Victim Impact Surcharge – for a total of $3,750.  The fine is to be paid within 2 years.
     
  2. David Hemmings - $8,000 fine plus Victim Impact Surcharge – for a total of $10,000.  The fine is to be paid within 2 years.

This is the second offence and conviction under the Act for Mr. David Hemmings.  He pled guilty to one count of operating as a travel agent without registration in October of 2013 and was sentenced to a fine of $3,000.

May 31`16
Marek Paszyn and Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre Inc.
Marek Paszyn and Aquarius Scuba Diving Centre Inc. (Aquarius) plead guilty and were each convicted of one count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act). Mr. Paszyn was sentenced to a fine of $4,000 plus the Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $5,000. Aquarius received a suspended sentence. Mr. Paszyn and Aquarius operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. After the charges were laid, Aquarius applied for registration as a travel agent under the Act. The application is nearing completion pending final review.

Apr 14`16
Jinling Wei and Herui Travel
Jinling Wei and Herui Travel and Tours Corp. (Herui Travel) plead guilty and were each convicted of one count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act). Ms. Wei was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 plus the Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $12,500 and a Probation Order for a period of two (2) years with a condition not to operate or otherwise be employed in the travel industry in any capacity. Herui Travel was sentenced to a $20,000 fine plus Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $25,000. This is a second conviction for Ms. Wei and Herui Travel under the Act. They were previously charged and convicted in November 2012 of operating as a travel agent without registration.

Feb 02`16
Judy Jackson
Following a guilty plea, Judy Jacksonwas convicted of 5 (five) counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1) (a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002.  Ms. Jackson was sentenced as follows:

Count No. 1: Fine in the amount of $5,000 plus Victim Surcharge Fee, for a total of $6,250., payable over a period of 24 months;

Count No. 2: Probation Order for two years with the following conditions, in addition to the statutory conditions outlined in section 72 of the POA: (a) The Defendant is not to be employed in the travel industry in any capacity, where she handles customer funds, credit cards or other modes of customer payment. (b) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, the Defendant is to inform the prospective employer of her conviction under the TIA.

Count No. 3: Free Standing Restitution Order, payable to the travel agent that employed Ms. Jackson as an OSR, in the amount of $5,847.50;

Count No. 4 & 5: Suspended Sentence;

Pre-sentenceResolution – As part of the pre-sentence settlement resolution, Ms. Jackson reimbursed consumers a total of $2,080.