NJ travel agent sentenced for stealing $67,000

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) - November 6, 2011

But a state judge warned Ellis Hester that he could face jail time if he fails to keep up with his monthly restitution payments to his 19 victims.

The Gibbstown resident, who once owned Deva Travel in Monroe Township (Gloucester County), had pleaded guilty to a theft charge in August. He admitted taking $67,380 in trip deposits for the cruise that never happened, but did not explain why he took the money during Friday's sentencing hearing.

More than a dozen of Hester's victims attended the hearing, including some who asked that he receive a prison sentence.

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