In three separate incidents, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario has issued several charges to two Ontario agents, while a third has plead guilty to operating without a licence.
- Carolyn (Michelle) Solomon was charged with five counts of operating as a travel agent without registration; Solomon has never been registered as a travel agent under the Act. She operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Including the present charges, Solomon has been charged with a total of 16 counts of operating as a travel agent without registration. All charges are currently before the Court.
- Placido Calore and 407488 Ontario Ltd. o/a Business & Vacation Travel Planners and Blue Mountain Travel (Blue Mountain Travel) were each charged with one count of failing to deposit customer funds received for travel services into the trust account of the registrant. Calore was a director and shareholder of Blue Mountain Travel, which voluntarily terminated its registration effective July 31, 2015. Blue Mountain Travel operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. Both Calore and Blue Mountain Travel were previously charged with 27 counts of failing to deposit customer funds into the trust account; one count of carrying on business with an unregistered travel agent; and one count of failing to notify the Registrar, five days in advance of closing its trust account.
- Jinling Wei and Herui Travel and Tours Corp. (Herui Travel) plead guilty and were each convicted of one count of operating as a travel agent without registration. Wei was sentenced to a fine of $10,000 plus the Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $12,500 and a Probation Order for a period of two years with a condition not to operate or otherwise be employed in the travel industry in any capacity. Herui Travel was sentenced to a $20,000 fine plus Victim Fine Surcharge, for a total of $25,000. This is a second conviction for Wei and Herui Travel under the Act. They were previously charged and convicted in November 2012 of operating as a travel agent without registration.
Solomon and Calore will appear in court on May 12, 2016 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, located at 70 Centre Ave., Toronto, Ontario. Both cases will be heard at 9 a.m.