Talha Choudhry charged with airline ticket fraud, Brampton

Investigators from Peel Regional Police’s Fraud Bureau have made an arrest in an investigation involving the sale of fraudulent airline tickets.

Investigators allege that in April 2010, the suspect, using fraudulent identification in the name of Heera RAJPUT, registered and incorporated a business under the name of Super Asia Travel Incorporated.

Between July and December 2010, the suspect advertised, in local newspapers and on the internet, that Super Asia Travel Incorporated offered discount overseas flights. Victims interested in this offer ended up purchasing overseas airline tickets

Investigators allege that the suspect, having received money from the victims, would then purchase airline tickets for them, using fraudulent credit cards. When the victims subsequently arrived at the airport to board their flights, they discovered that their tickets would not be honoured.

Investigators believe that over 100 individuals have made payments in excess of $300,000.00 to Super Asia Travel Incorporated. However, investigators have only located 30 victims, located mainly in British Columbia and Ontario.

On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Talha CHOUDHRY, a 34 year-old male of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with;

· 21 Counts of Fraud Under Five Thousand Dollars,
· 6 Counts of Fraud Over Five Thousand Dollars,
· Defraud the Public, and;
· Several other Fraud-related charges.

Mr. CHOUDHRY was held for a bail hearing and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Friday, February 11, 2011.

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