Beth M. Rogers
TravelWise Cruises & Tours
Cruise Travel Agent Pleads Guilty To Fraud March 17, 2015
On March 17, 2015, Beth M. Rogers, 45, of Portland, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to mail and wire fraud.
Court records show that Rogers operated TravelWise Cruises & Tours, a travel agency located at 190 Main Street or 307 Main Street in Saco, Maine and online at www.travelwisemaine.com began defrauding travelers in late 2011.
Rogers began taking client money without making travel reservations for the clients who had provided the funds in June 2011. Rogers instead used the money to pay for the travel of other individuals who had booked travel through TravelWise. She misapplied money from more than 50 clients until mid-2012, when her scheme was discovered.
Rogers faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. She will also be required to pay full restitution to her victims. She will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Saco (Maine) Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The TravelWise website has been shut down www.travelwisemaine.com
The actual court criminal complaint
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