CRUISE VOUCHER FRAUD: Woman arrested on 7 counts of grand theft

Janet Bender

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A travel agent is in jail on seven counts of grand theft after selling customers fraudulent cruise vouchers, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Economic Crimes Unit.

Janet Marilyn Bender, 54, was arrested at her home in Largo. Detectives with the Economic Crimes Unit said they started investigating her in March when her customers reported the first problems with the vouchers.

Detectives said, that Bender who is an independent agent through CruiseOne travel agency, sold the cruise vouchers to at least nine of her customers. The vouchers were for the entire cost of a cruise with a balcony state room for between $200 and $500 each. She asked the victims to pay for these vouchers by cash or by check payable to her, according to PCSO.

Some of the victims tried to use the vouchers to schedule their cruises but discovered that Bender never even scheduled their vacations, ECU detectives said.

PCSO detectives had arrested Bender before on a similar complaint.

This time, she was charged with seven counts of grand theft and taken to the Pinellas County jail.

If you know anything about Bender’s activity or have become her victim, please call Detective Quentin Collamore at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.


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