Two individuals have been arrested in what police called a “travel scam,” with some 2,000 people bilked out of hundreds of dollars on sales of phony airline tickets. Police said that the two, who operate a travel agency, sold tickets to travelers to Uman on charter flights – but that the day before the flight was set to depart the flight was canceled, with travelers told by the airlines that the tickets were phony.
A third individual was arrested in connection with the plot. He was nabbed at Ben Gurion Airport, apparently in the process of trying to flee the country. According to police, the three had contracted with a charter company for more than 2,000 seats on planes destined to arrive in Uman before Rosh Hashana. They chartered the planes and began selling tickets – except instead of forwarding the money to the charter firm, they pocketed it themselves.
The remand for the first two detainees has been extended until Thursday. The third detainee will be brought to court on Wednesday for an extension of their remand. Police asked that travelers who were victims of the scam file a police complaint on the matter.