Filipina arrested in Toronto for alleged airline ticket fraud
SAN FRANCISCO – Police in Toronto, Canada, arrested a Filipina on fraud charges after she pretended to be an authorized travel agent, sold flights to the Philippines, but never gave clients the tickets they paid for.
Lorna Natalie Arcega, 38, allegedly promised customers low fares on flights to the Philippines and took customers’ credit card information, according to CTV News Toronto.
Arcega allegedly used the credit card information to make unauthorized purchases totaling approximately $150,000.
She was arrested in Toronto on Thursday, August 27, facing a total of 18 charges including multiple counts of fraud over $5,000, unauthorized use of credit card data, and false pretense over $5,000.
The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) has also laid charges under the Travel Industry Act of Ontario. Arcega is expected to appear in court at the end of September.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2433, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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