UK Agent jailed for six months for fraud  2nd May 2018

A UK home based travel agent who defrauded The Advantage Travel Partnership has been jailed for not repaying the £33,000 (Ksh. 4.5million) she stole from the consortium.

Rita Hunter, who ran Hunters Travel in Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to fraud charges and was given an 18-month suspended sentence back in 2016 and was ordered to pay back the amount.
But having failed to return the funds, yesterday she was sentenced to 180 days in prison by South Sefton magistrates.

Advantage managing director Julia Lo Bue-Said said she hoped the sentence would act as a deterrent to anyone else who thinks they can commit fraud in the travel industry. Hunter, a former franchisee of Explorer Travel, had used customers' credit and debit details for bookings but was directing money to her own bank accounts.

Fraud perpetrated by staff is common in travel agencies in Kenya and therefore we hope that stern measures will be taken by courts once such cases are presented for prosecution.


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