Talha Choudhry and Super Asia Travel Inc. have been convicted on one count each of operating as a travel agent without registration contrary to the Ontario Travel Industry Act. Choudhry and Super Asia operated in the Toronto region and elsewhere in Ontario. Consumers lost in excess of $80,000 due to the actions of Choudhry and Super Asia Travel Inc. Choudhry was also convicted on one count of defrauding the public over $5,000 and two counts of possessing counterfeit instruments contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. For the criminal convictions, Choudry was sentenced to 24 months in jail, a Free Standing Restitution Order in the amount of $112,829 and two years of probation.
With respect to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 convictions, Choudhry was sentenced to serve six months in jail to be served concurrently with the imprisonment that he is serving with respect to the criminal convictions. In addition, Choudhry is subject to a Free Standing Restitution Order in the amount of $75,529 to the consumers who were affected. Super Asia Travel Inc. received a suspended sentence. Pursuant to an order of Justice K. Barnes, dated Oct. 25, TICO is required to distribute funds from the previously frozen account of Super Asia Travel Inc., maintained with CIBC. TICO will be contacting the consumers who are named in the order with more details.