July 26'19
Emmanuel Adjei
Emmanuel Adjei was convicted on three counts of operating as a Travel Agent without registration, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002. The Court ordered Mr. Adjei to pay $6,561 in restitution and perform 200 hours of community service. He was also placed on probation for two years. 

 

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.

 

April 18'19
Yves Gildas Emolo Morrison
Yves Gildas Emolo Morrison was convicted on 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. Mr. Morrison was ordered to pay a total fine of $6,250 including surcharges, sentenced to a two-year probation order and ordered to pay $6,550 restitution to the consumers.  
 

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 September 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.