Travel agent charged with cheating clients – Wilkes Barre Times

Posted: April 21
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Travel agent charged with cheating clients

Cheryl L. Manganelli worked for a Boscov’s Travel Center in the Hazleton area.

By Jerry Lynott jlynott@timesleader.com
Business Writer

HAZLE TWP. – State police charged a former employee of Boscov’s Travel Center in the Laurel Mall with stealing more than $10,000 from 10 clients who booked trips through the agency.

Cheryl Lynn “Cookie” Manganelli, 48, of Lattimer Mines, is free on $20,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing at 9:15 a.m. April 27 before District Judge Thomas Sharkey in Hazle Township. She was arraigned Wednesday by Sharkey on charges of theft and credit card fraud.

State police at Hazleton were called in last July after an internal review by Boscov’s determined Manganelli booked, canceled and rebooked trips using clients’ credit cards, according to the affidavit of probable cause for filing charges. Manganelli booked and rebooked trips for one client six different times, the affidavit said.

In interviews with state police on Nov. 9 and March 25 Manganelli said she became overwhelmed with the workload and fell behind booking trips, the affidavit said. She explained she was afraid of losing her job and in order to complete the bookings, she paid for them with the cards of different clients without their permission or knowledge, the affidavit said.

In the two interviews in which she was advised of her rights, Manganelli said she did not take any cash deposits, the affidavit said.

But an audit conducted by Boscov’s indicated she received a total of $10,213 in cash deposits that were not put into the company’s bank account, and the money is unaccounted for, the affidavit said.

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Apr 21st, 2011 | Posted in Travel
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