November 18, 2004
PROTECTION DIVISION ISSUES CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AGAINST BALTIMORE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that his Consumer
Protection Division has issued a cease and desist order
against a travel business that it alleges took payments from consumers
for airplane tickets but failed to provide the tickets or a refund.
Division has charged C. Nnamdi Okoye and Ahidjo Travel, Inc.
with offering travel services and accepting payments for airline
tickets from consumers without providing the tickets or refunds.
Okoye operated Ahidjo Travel, Inc. at 6126 Belair Road, Baltimore
and collected thousands of dollars from consumers for air travel
to Nigeria, but did not provide the airline tickets or refunds.
Division’s order immediately bars C. Nnamdi Okoye and
Ahidjo Travel, Inc. from acting or offering to act as a travel
business and collecting payments from consumers, and requires Okoye
and Ahidjo Travel, Inc. to pay restitution to consumers identified
in the Division’s statement of charges. The order further
requires Okoye and Ahidjo Travel, Inc. to repay all of the money
taken from consumers for airline tickets that they did not receive.
This company and its principal are taking advantage of consumers
in the Nigerian community," said Curran. "Companies that
offer travel services and collect advance payments for airline
tickets must provide those tickets or return the money."
company has 30 days to seek a hearing on the order. Consumers
who may have had problems with Ahidjo Travel, Inc. or C. Nnamdi
Okoye should call the Consumer Protection Division at (410) 576-6569.