April 19, 2005
CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION SETTLES WITH BALTIMORE
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
his Consumer Protection Division has entered into a consent
Ahidjo Travel, Inc. of 6126 Belair Road, Baltimore, Maryland
and its owner, Chukwulozie N. Okoye. Okoye sold travel
consumers, including the arrangement of flights to Nigeria. Consumers
paid Okoye in full for airline tickets, but did not receive them.
The Division alleged that Okoye violated the Consumer Protection
Act by promising to provide travel services and collecting payments
in advance, and then failing to provide the airline tickets to
Under the consent order, Okoye promised to stop engaging in the
practices that had been alleged, and to stop accepting advance
payments and deposits from consumers. Okoye will pay restitution
of all monies he received from Maryland consumers who did not
get the airline tickets they paid for, including $30,000 that
in the consent order. To that end, the Division has obtained
a lien on his real estate.
When consumers pay for airline tickets in advance, they must be
given the tickets or a full refund," said Curran.
Many of Okoye’s customers had paid for their tickets in cash.
Curran encouraged consumers, when paying in advance for goods and
services such as airline tickets, to use a credit card so that
they can exercise charge-back rights with the credit card company
if they do not receive the goods and services for which they paid.