Thursday 12 December, 2019

Watch: Trini woman convicted of fraud in Canada returning home

A Trinidadian woman who was convicted of posing as a travel agent and defrauding customers of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Canada, was given permission to return to Trinidad and Tobago.

According to a report by Global News Toronto, 50-year-old Carolyn Solomon was charged and convicted in a Toronto Court in 2017 after she posed as a licensed travel agent and defrauded customers of over $465,000 Canadian dollars. 

Video footage taken by Global News Toronto showed Solomon getting into a taxi as she prepared to leave for Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.

A reporter was heard asking "Don't you feel any remorse for what you've done?" However, Solomon refused to answer. 

 

However, the report said Solomon was allowed by Justice Diane Oleskiw on Friday to return to Trinidad in order to help raise money to pay back the victims. 

Solomon, who was still on probation after being sentenced to 18 months in jail in April 2017, had agreed to pay back the money she owed from April 2018.

According to reports, customers booked flights and vacation packages with her company, Blue Mountain Travel, but when they tried to claim their trips, they were told that they were not valid. 

The court heard that 56 customers had been defrauded of their money between 2014 and 2016, amounting to $454,000.

The report said Solomon was released in November 2017 because she was given credit for time served, however, she failed to abide by her probation conditions and was returned to jail, then released on January 31, 2018.

Solomon must return to court on April 17. The court said that if Solomon does not show up, a warrant will be issued for her arrest.

She also faces an additional three years in jail if she fails to repay the victims. 

 

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