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Chetan Pal Panesar apologised outside court and claimed victims would get their money back

A trip specialist who swindled clients out of thousands of pounds they had “got by on a very tight budget” for has been imprisoned for 21 months.

Chetan Pal Panesar, who ran E-tickets Worldwide Limited, in Handsworth, Birmingham, deceived 18 individuals out of £32,000 for flights he didn’t book.

Panesar recently conceded to taking an interest in a false business carried on for a deceitful reason.

Imprisoning him, the judge said he over and over deceived exploited people.

Numerous clients paid Panesar, 48, from Handsworth, in real money portions over various months.

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‘Noteworthy hardship’

Judge Kristina Montgomery QC let him know: “These were the kind of individuals who might get by on a very tight budget to see relatives.

“Over some undefined time frame you took from individuals.

” Money that went into your business and at last your pocket and they don’t got anything… it was for them a noteworthy hardship.”

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She said various elements had prompted his custodial sentence, including that he lied about being an individual from Abta and Atol travel bodies and reprimanded aircrafts for tickets not showing up.

One individual had booked flights to the US to see their in critical condition mother yet couldn’t go in light of the fact that the tickets had not been paid for by Panesar, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

For another situation, a lady turned up at Gatwick on Christmas Eve with her little girl to discover their flights to New York had not been reserved.

Eighteen individuals approached to exchanging principles, yet other individuals recently told the BBC they were additionally influenced.

Carlton Thomas whined to the BBC he spared £5,000 through his cleaning occupation to purchase family flights to Jamaica which were rarely reserved.

Sajeela Naseer, head of Birmingham Trading Standards, said it respected the custodial sentence and was looking for remuneration for unfortunate casualties through continues of wrongdoing procedures.

Image result for Carlton Thomas previously told the BBC he saved £5,000 through his cleaning job to buy family flights to Jamaica which were never booked