Thursday, August 8, 2013

Former Travel Agency Owner In Wisconsin Sentenced For Embezzling $270K In Customer Funds

From the Fond du Lac Reporter on 7/29/13:

Victims that had their dream vacations wrested away from them by the former owner of Carol’s Tours packed the courtroom Monday morning, eager for their long awaited day in court.

Deborah Paul, 58, was found guilty of felony theft in October 2012. However, several delays due to Paul’s “health problems” forced several postponements over the past nine months, taxing the patience of victims.


Paul, the owner of a defunct Beaver Dam travel agency was found guilty of bilking 243 travelers out of money paid for their dream vacations and travel insurance premiums. Judge Andrew Bissonnette sentenced Paul to 27 months in prison followed by three years of extended supervision upon her release. He also ordered seven years of probation and that Paul pay her victims more than $191,000 in restitution. Bissonnette granted Paul 138 days of pre-sentence jail credit.

State Department of Justice Prosecutor Richard Dufour said Paul, who closed Carol's Tours in 2007, took in more than $270,000 in trip payments and $15,000 in useless travel insurance premiums. State investigators found she paid numerous personal and family bills, including mortgage and utility payments, with the money, according to the court complaint.

Paul's former officer manager, Lisa Hopper, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after she was found guilty of stealing more than $97,000 from the business.


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