Travel Agent Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Fellow Dominican Immigrants

Press Release

On January 28, 2014, Cecilia Suarez, a freelance travel agent, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Identity Theft in the First Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree for defrauding more than 30 individuals seeking to travel to and from the Dominican Republic out of more than $20,000.  She was sentenced to 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in prison. Suarez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, worked with a Manhattan-based ticker consolidator and offered to assist fellow immigrant with their travel arrangements to and from the Dominican Republic. Between January and September 2012, the defendant is accused of charging numerous individuals for round-trip airfare while only providing them with one-way tickets, leaving many victims stranded in the Dominican Republic until they were able to afford tickets back to New York. In some instances, Suarez’s victims did not receive any tickets at all.