December 18, 2003
MARY'S COUNTY TRAVEL AGENCY OWNER CHARGED WITH THEFT FOR STEALING
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the indictment of
Emad Emile Dides, of 1396 Gregg Drive, Lusby, Maryland by the St.
Mary's County Grand Jury. Dides, 44, was indicted on 16 counts of
felony theft in connection with his operation of multiple travel
agencies doing business as One World Travel, Inc., formerly located
at 22741 Three Notch Road, in the Hickory Hill Shopping Center in
It is alleged that between June 1998 and December 3, 1999, Dides
stole from various airlines by selling airline tickets to fictitious
customers, then having the airline refund that money, but keeping
a commission of 100 percent or more, or by obtaining and using airline
tickets for himself and family members that were not reported to
the airlines. The schemes yielded approximately $111,205.75, which
he converted to his own personal and business use. Dides is currently
being held on $750,000 bond.
If convicted the maximum penalty for each count of felony theft
is 15 years and up to a $1,000.00 fine. The case was investigated
by the Maryland State Police and is being prosecuted by the Office
of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division.