NEW BERN, NC (WITN) – A woman who ran the next stop of a travel agency in New Bern is in jail after pleading guilty Monday to felony embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses.
District Attorney Scott Thomas says 58-year-old Julie Mincey, of New Bern, was found guilty by a Craven County jury of nine counts of felony embezzlement and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Thomas says that following the verdict, Mincey was sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and ordered to pay $53,402.58 in restitution to the victims of her crimes.
Mincey ran a travel agency in New Bern called Country Travel and Tours. Evidence in court, according to Thomas, showed that Mincey accepted thousands of dollars from dozens of clients, promising each of them to book travel packages around the world.
WITN is told that close to the customers’ departure dates in September 2018, they realized that no travel packages had been made and Mincey was not there to explain why. Investigators later learned that she had left the country for Europe and had not reimbursed any of her clients for their losses.
Thomas says an analysis of Mincey’s business accounts showed that from August 2017 to December 2018, instead of using money from her clients for travel packages, Mincey had used it for her own benefit, paying off credit cards personal and friends’ credit, paying for a vehicle and transferring money to her personal bank account.
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