Niagara woman, Karen Gushue, facing fraud charges in connection with fake cruises

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Back in February a Niagara Regional Police opened a fraud investigation into Ridgeway resident, Karen Gushue, which has resulted in her facing charges.

The investigation began after 140 complaints were filed against Gushue, the majority from seniors, in connection with Caribbean cruises that never existed. Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson and Karen Hannis, solicited funds between August 2016 and February 2017, through a local Royal Canadian Legion branch 230.

In May, she was charged with one count of fraud over $5,000 (defraud the public) and one count of fraud under $5,000.

On Oct. 13, she was scheduled to be in provincial offences court in St. Catharines to face charges laid against her by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario

Gushue will be back in provincial court to face two counts of operating without a travel license, a violation of the Ontario Travel Industry Act.

On Nov. 3, Gushue will be in court to face the criminal charges laid against her by the Niagara Regional Police. She will be given the date of her next court appearance then.

More charges were laid against her, and her husband, Michael.

Based on information received during the cruise investigation, detectives launched a probe into a failed rent-to-own agreement in relation to a Fort Erie home and arrested Gushue and her husband.

Read the full story over at the Fort Erie Times.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.