Niagara Woman Faces Criminal & TICO Charges In Cruise Fraud
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Karen Robinson (also known as Karen Gushue and Karen Hannis) has been charged by TICO with two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.
According to OntarioPoliceReports.com, the Niagara Regional Police Central Fraud Unit began an extensive investigation in FEB after receiving over 140 complaints about cruise packages that were either never booked or were not as advertised.
Operating in the Fort Erie area and elsewhere in Ontario, Robinson solicited funds between AUG 2016 and FEB 2017. On 9MAY, investigators arrested the 48-year-old and charged her with a number of counts of Fraud Over $5,000 (defraud the public) and one count of Fraud Under $5,000.
TICO says Robinson’s first court appearance is scheduled for 13OCT, 2017 in St. Catharines. The Criminal Code and Travel Industry Act charges are a ‘parallel proceeding to prosecution’ under the Act and are currently before the Ontario Court of Justice, Criminal Division.
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