Edward Pio and Kay Burtness of Pio Travel
in Salinas, Calif., were sentenced to a year in jail in California
after pleading guilty to 26 felonies between 2002 and 2004.
They face another
six years in prison if they dont make full restitution of $400,000
they took from clients, many of them senior citizens, without
providing either trips or refunds.
Included was a
grand theft charge for accepting money from Carnival Cruise Lines
on the pretense that it would go to a nonprofit group plus two
counts of making unauthorized charges on client credit
The pair paid
$68,000 in restitution this March and must pay another $48,000 a
year until a total of $400,000 is paid. Of that total, the first
$170,000 will go to 180 victims who were ineligible to make claims
against Californias consumer protection
fund, which has already paid $342,000 to some 300
will face the full prison term if they miss one payment.
the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Nadine Godwin
at [email protected].