Agent jailed for six months for fraud

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Agent jailed for six months for fraud

A homeworker who defrauded The Advantage Travel Partnership has been jailed for not repaying the £33,000 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.

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