Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
|March 20, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Woman Arrested for Travel Fraud Scheme
“Preying on people’s religious faith to defraud them will not be tolerated and my Office of Statewide Prosecution will aggressively prosecute this case,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Thanks to a great partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, this travel fraud scheme has been shut down.”
“Fraud can take many forms and in this case, it preyed on the trust of unsuspecting Florida citizens. FDLE is committed to fighting this crime and I am grateful for the hard work of our agents and the diligence of the Office of the Attorney General,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen.
From 2012 through 2015, Shults allegedly proposed trips to Catholic parishioners to holy sites in countries such as Israel, Italy and Portugal. After collecting payments ranging from $2,500 to $7,000 from the victims, Shults allegedly canceled the trips without refunding the victims’ money.
Shults faces one count of organized scheme to defraud in excess of $50,000. The Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigated the case.