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Florida AG sues operators of travel agency that allegedly scammed clients

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By Marian Johns | Jul 20, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — The State of Florida has filed a court action against a group travel sales company and its owners for allegedly failing to provide promised travel packages to college, high school, church choir and band groups who were scheduled to perform in foreign countries. 

According to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office, Harmony International Tours LLC and its owners Bradley and Margaret Matheson operated an alleged travel scam out of Key West. The defendants are accused of selling group travel packages, collecting installment payments with no intention of providing travel arrangements. 

In her complaint, Bondi alleges the defendants are in violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and is seeking full restitution, civil penalties and fees, and injunctive relief. 

The defendants, who already have pled guilty to criminal charges of grand theft and failure to return funds in San Diego, are now serving prison sentences, the Attorney General's office said. 

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