Bogus agents sentenced to 13 years

September 2009
Travel Weekly (UK);9/11/2009, p7
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The article reports that travel agents Michael Sanchez, Rashid Hammou and Paul Kelly were sentenced to a total of 13 years in prison after conning airlines out of flights worth 1.2 million pounds in Great Britain. Judge James Wadsworth of Southwark Crown Court ruled that the defendants were guilty of fraud. It was also found that the group bought the travel agency Flights International in 2007 and forced staff to issue high-value flight tickets that the airlines were never paid for.


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