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Police Arrest Travel Scheme Suspect

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EASTON, Md. - Police arrested a New York woman charged with theft in connection to a travel agency scheme.  The travel agency scheme was connected to a Carolina County church group that did not receive a cruise they had paid for.

After a Maryland State Police investigation, suspect Carmela Evett Bolden, 52, of Elmsford, New York was charged with 34 counts of theft of f $1,000 to $10,000.  Greater New Hope Church and Ministries in Preston, Maryland filed a complaint on Dec. 7, 2016, prompting the investigation.

The investigation determined the church paid Bolden, who owns the travel agency, R U Ready to Travel, a total of $34,859, which was divided into monthly installments between December 2015 and September 2016.  The money was sent by a certified check.  The payments were supposed to go toward a Norwegian Cruise Lines couples cruise.  In all, 17 couples from the church paid Bolden to book the cruise.

According to police, Bolden sent an email to a church representative on Aug. 28, 2016 notifying them she had received the final payment. Police said both Bolden’s and the church’s bank records showed that she had cashed the checks. Bolden told the church representative that there was a problem with their prior reservations and she booked new reservations.  Norwegian Cruise Lines canceled those reservations due to not receiving any payments.  The

The church group directly contacted Norwegian Cruise Lines booked the trip themselves by paying for it with other church funds and personal money from the pastor himself. An arrest warrant was issued for Bolden on June 20, 2017. Westchester County Police in New York arrested Bolden on July 6, extraditing her back to Maryland, where she appeared on July 13 for before the Caroline County District Court Commissioner.

Bolden was released after posting $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 10 in Caroline County District Court.

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