HARTFORD (CN) – Ted Wilkie and his three travel agencies offered bogus “free” trips to customers, then used high-pressure sales tactics to bully them into paying as much as $9,000 for memberships in a “discount travel service” that does not exist, the State of Connecticut claims in Superior Court.
The state sued Wilkie and Ameri-World Group, Ultimate Travel Network and Millennium Travel and Promotions. None of the customers every got free trips or airplane tickets and there were no such discounts, the state says.
Wilkie’s travel agencies have operated since 2003 out of Rocky Hill, Conn. The state demands disgorgement, restitution, penalties and an injunction.