12 FEB 2019: After being charged by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson, was convicted on two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002.

Gushue was operating in Fort Erie and elsewhere in Ontario.

Convictions under the Travel Industry Act are subject to fines up to $50,000 per offence and/or up to two years imprisonment.

TICO lawyer Tim Snell, told the judge he would be seeking a custodial sentence.

Between August 2016 and February 2017, Gushue organized and promoted two vacation packages for the Royal Canadian Legion in Ridgeway, Ontario – a cruise to the Bahamas and a trip to Hawaii.

The $650 four-day Bahamas cruise was to include round trip airfare as well as food and alcohol. However, no return flight was booked and clients had to make (and pay) for return flights from Florida to Toronto. Also, no alcoholic beverages were included on board.

Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019.

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