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Ex Travel Agent Gets Probation For Safari Scam

giraffeA former Montgomery County travel agent who admitted bilking more than three dozen people out of nearly $170,000 has been given five years on probation. At her sentencing Thursday President Judge Richard Hodgson said she deserved jail time, but he did not have her locked up because he did not want to burden county taxpayers with her healthcare bills.  She is in a wheelchair and suffering from several health problems.  68-year-old Frances Balshan pleaded guilty last year to felony charges of deceptive business practices and theft.  She lived in Abington at the time of the crime and did business as World Travel Vignettes out of an office on Old York Road, but now she lives in New Jersey.  Prosecutors say she contracted about three years ago with the Saint Louis Zoo to book an African Safari for a Missouri group, and then used the money to pay personal bills.  The Missouri residents went on their safari after a friend of the zoo paid for the trip.
WNPV AM 1440 Happy Thanksgiving from all your friends here at WNPV Radio!
WNPV AM 1440 As you plan your shopping for Friday ... and Small Business Saturday ... be sure to include some of the locally owned and operated businesses in our area because, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org), locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do! "Shop Locally for the Holidays!"
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WNPV AM 1440 Planning to shop on Friday? How about Small Business Saturday? As you make your plans be sure to include some of the locally owned and operated businesses in the area! According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org) there are "10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses." #5: Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. Shop Locally for the Holidays!
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WNPV AM 1440 As you plan your holiday shopping, think about the "Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses" from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (www.ilsr.org): Public Benefits and Costs. Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
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