Bogus travel agent jailed

PUBLISHED: 09:33 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:33 26 October 2009

A GOFFS Oak travel agent and three others who raked in at least £6million in a huge bogus holidays scam were jailed last week. Peter Kemp, 54, was part of a ruthless gang of hustlers who conned holidaymakers with non-existent bargain breaks

A GOFFS Oak travel agent and three others who raked in at least £6million in a huge bogus holidays scam were jailed last week.

Peter Kemp, 54, was part of a ruthless gang of hustlers who conned holidaymakers with non-existent "bargain breaks" so that they could live the high life at their victims' expense.

The con artists duped around 20,000 victims who booked online or through TV text.

Many got to airports to find they had no flights and other hapless holidaymakers flew abroad to find no hotel, Southwark Crown Court heard .

Kemp, of Goffs Crescent, pleaded guilty to all charges and was given four and a half years, but will have 63 days chalked off that sentence after time spent on remand is taken into account.Advertisement

Associates Christakis Philippou, 64, of Bayswater, London, got seven years and Timothy Entwisle, 57, of Childcombe, Dorset, three years after they were convicted of five conspiracy to defraud charges.

Evangelia Liogka, 40, of Knightsbridge, London, was found guilty of four charges and got three-and-a-half years.

A spokesman at Southwark Crown Court said: "A confiscation hearing will take place on November 3, and is "estimated to last three days".


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