Operator arrested, charged with grand larceny and fraud

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Jerry Cummings, aka Andrew Cummings, operator of Hempstead, N.Y.-based Sunshine Vacations and Celebrity Travel, was arrested for allegedly defrauding at least 40 clients of Magic Carpet Travel of Tecumseh, Ontario, according to Diane Peress, bureau chief of economic crimes of the Nassau County, N.Y., District Attorneys office.

Cummings was charged with grand larceny and scheming to defraud, according to Peress. He is currently out on bail and is scheduled to appear before the court June 1.

Sunshine Vacations previously was located in Westbury, N.Y., and recently relocated to Hempstead.

Previously, Cummings was arrested by the Nassau County Police Dept. in April 2005 on charges that he defrauded American Express out of $182,000. The charges were dismissed.

The Nassau County District Attorneys office is asking anyone with information about similar or related incidents with Jerry Cummings or Sunshine Vacations/Celebrity Travel since June 2004 to contact Justin Heiferman, assistant district attorney, by telephone at (516) 571-2149 or by e-mail at [email protected].

To contact reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].

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