A woman has been convicted of impersonating a travel agency and defrauding customers of thousands of dollars, according to North Carolina officials.
Julie Ann Mincey, a 58-year-old woman from New Bern, faces up to five years in prison and was ordered to pay $53,402.58 in restitution, according to an Aug. 9 statement from Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas. .
A Craven County jury found Mincey guilty of nine counts of embezzlement and one count of obtaining property under false pretences.
Officials say Mincey operated a travel agency and accepted thousands of dollars from clients after promising to secure worldwide travel packages on their behalf. However, as clients’ departure dates approached in September 2018, they learned that there were no travel packages. The woman was unable to provide an explanation to the customers.
Investigators say Mincey’s business accounts show that between August 2017 and September 2018, she used client funds to make payments on personal credit cards, on a vehicle for an associate and to fund her personal bank account. .
Mincey has never refunded her clients and many clients have testified that they have not seen or heard from her since September 2018, the statement said.
New Bern is about 185 km southeast of Raleigh.