Jason Konstantos (kostakis) has been convicted (TICO)
Toronto – After a lengthy investigation and prosecution conducted by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), Jason Konstantos (kostakis) of Woodbridge, Ontario has plead guilty to committing an offence under the Ontario Travel Industry Act. TICO began its investigation after being contacted by the Economic Crime Unit of the Lethbridge Police Service (Alberta) in January 2003.
On January 31, 2005 Jason Konstantos (kostakis) plead guilty to one count of acting or holding himself out as being available to act as a Travel Agent by making bookings and accepting consumer monies without first being registered to act as a Travel Agent contrary to Section 3(1) of the Travel Industry Act.
The plea was heard by His Worship Justice of the Peace P. Kowarsky at the Provincial Offences Court located at 1530 Markham Road, Scarborough, Ontario. Mr. Konstantos (kostakis) received a suspended sentence and was ordered to a two year period of probation during which he is to serve 200 hours of community service and report to a probation officer.
In addition to serving 200 hours of community service and reporting to a probation officer, Mr. Konstantos (kostakis) was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $62,175.94 to consumers affected by his actions. Payment of restitution was ordered on an 18 month schedule of repayment. Of this amount, $18,137.58 was ordered repaid to the Boston Pizza Denamo Ladies Slo-pitch Team of Lethbridge, Alberta. The Easton/Enerverst Men’s Slo-pitch Team of Calgary, Alberta was ordered repaid the amount of $19,156.24. A further $19,506.12 was ordered repaid to the Manitoba Legends Men’s Slo-pitch Team of Winnipeg and $5,376.00 to the Manitoba Xtreme Ladies Slo-pitch Team also of Winnipeg. Each of these teams was traveling to the 2002 National Championships in Windsor, Ontario when they were left without the travel services, including flights, accommodations and rental vehicles, for which they had paid Mr. Konstantos (kostakis) under the belief that he was capable of acting as a registered Ontario travel agent. Mr. Konstantos is a former member of the Ontario Orioles Men’s Slo-pitch Team.
His Worship Justice of the Peace Kowarsky also imposed a fine of $2,500.00 and ordered costs of $1,653.00 against Mr. Konstantos (kostakis). Each of these amounts is required to be repaid before the expiry of the 24 month probation period.
Formed in 1997, TICO is a not-for-profit corporation wholly financed by Ontario-registered travel agents and wholesalers. It administers the Travel Industry Act and the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund. TICO may be contacted at (905) 624-6241 or 1-888-451-TICO. Visit TICO’s website at www.tico.on.ca or email TICO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mr. Michael Pepper
President and C.E.O.
Travel Industry Council of Ontario
Tel: (905) 624-6241
Toll Free: 1-888-451-TICO