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Travel Agent Arrested In Fraud Investigation

After several months of investigation, the Modesto Police Department arrested a local travel agent after several people reported not being refunded for cancelled plane tickets. Police began investigating SP Travel
18 Oct 2014 07:48
Travel Agent Arrested In Fraud Investigation
Sashi Pal, 39, arrested in Sacramento.

After several months of investigation, the Modesto Police Department arrested a local travel agent after several people reported not being refunded for cancelled plane tickets.

Police began investigating SP Travel Company in late June. During the investigation, detectives learned that the travel agent, Sashi Pal, 39, was mostly targeting Fijian victims. Police identified over 50 victims throughout California, with a net loss of over $130,000.

At least five of those victims were left stranded in a foreign country after finding out their return flight home had been cancelled or never purchased.

Pal provided the victims with fraudulent/counterfeit itineraries indicating flights that did not exist.

According to the police, a non-profit soccer organisation from San Francisco was hit with the largest loss when they paid over $30,000 to Pal for airline tickets to a tournament in Fiji. Pal refused to provide the legally required refund for the airline tickets he never purchased.

California state law regarding sellers of travel mandates that the seller provides a refund to the traveller within three days if the seller is not able to provide the travel. The seller is also mandated by state law to provide a refund to the traveller within 30 days if the traveller requests a refund.

Pal was arrested in Sacramento on Friday, October 10 during his bankruptcy hearing. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for violations of the ‘Sellers of Travel’ law.

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