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N4T Investigators: Tour operator ordered to pay $451K in judgment

TUCSON – It has been more than a year since the notorious Disneyland trip for a group of Cienega High School graduates.

During that trip which occurred May 2017, that year’s senior class hired a “Senior Grad Trips” tour company to take them to Anaheim to spend the day with Mickey Mouse. After spending $40,000, the buses they hired did not show up and the community had to come together to gather enough donations to make the trip a reality.

Nearly 18 months, a few investigations, and a consumer fraud lawsuit later, the company will soon have to pay $451,000 in judgment.

80 grads and their parents had paid the company and its owner, George Barragan, a total of $40,000.

“Scams of this magnitude are particularly despicable,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Consumers who are looking forward to a vacation can be highly susceptible to deceptive business practices because they may not know what signs to look for or what questions to ask.”

According to a press release, after not responding to the state’s lawsuit in regards to the trip, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office obtained a default judgment against the company owner, George Barragan and  EB Worldwide, the parent company of “Senior Grad Trips”.

In this judgment, people who paid for the trip will receive $40,000 in restitution from the company. They will also have to pay $400,000 in civil penalties and $11,000 in attorney fees to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Barragan and his company are also banned from selling, advertising or marketing group or packaged vacations in the state, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

To view the ruling, click here.

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead web content producer at News 4 Tucson. The University of Arizona graduate previously served as an award-winning community reporter at a news publication in Newton, Iowa.
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