Published on Monday, January 23, 2017
A travel agent is due to be sentenced tomorrow after admitting fraud by abuse of position.
Rebecca Waterfall worked for Incentivise, an agency based in Lymm, Cheshire, between October 2015 and May last year.
She admitted that during that time she fraudulently used her employer's credit card to pay for holidays.
In total she spent more than £10,000 and left one family, who were family friends, more than £5,000 out of pocket.
Waterfall was due for sentencing on Friday but Judge Patrick Field QC at Manchester Crown Court adjourned the case until tomorrow (Tuesday) so she could repay the debt to the family.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the 27-year-old promised to get her friends cheap holidays in order to gain popularity and passed on the losses to her employer.
The judge described her scam as the 'travel agency equivalent of a Ponzi scheme'.
Waterfall cried in the dock during Friday's hearing.
Her defence lawyer described her actions as 'immature and ill-thought out' and said her 30-year-old partner was about to undergo open heart surgery.
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.