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NRI travel Agent charged INTERNET WEBSITE SCAM
$200,000 Airline Tickets Never Delivered
If convicted, he faces up to fifteen years in prison.


New York, Nov. 4, 2005
Harish Sharda

NRI, non-resident Indian, Queens travel agent, Jagdeep S. Pujji (also known as Jack Pujji and J.S. Pujji), of 133-24 Sanford Avenue and 43-70 Kissena Boulevard, both in Flushing, arrested and is being held pending arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on the charges of Grand Larceny in the Second, Third and Fourth Degrees, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and Petit Larceny.

He operates several travel websites advertising cheap airfares has been charged with defrauding consumers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and other international destinations that they paid for but for which they never received tickets

Jagdeep arrested today set up an elaborate enterprise that victimized over 80 innocent victims. Customers Paid $200,000 For International Airline Tickets That Were Never Delivered

District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant is accused of ripping off nearly eighty on-line consumers by stealing their money and their dream vacations.

The District Attorney said that detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s NYPD Detective Squad and Postal Inspectors executed court-authorized search warrants at three locations: 43-70 Kissena Boulevard and 133-24 Sanford Avenue, in Queens, and at 29 Jane Street in Roslyn Heights, Long Island, the residence of one of the websites’ registered owner. During the execution of the search warrants the defendant was taken into custody.

He operated several Internet travel agency sites from his home – such as


    When customer made their travel arrangements, the defendant would allegedly offer a discount of several hundred dollars if the consumer paid by check within two to three days instead of by credit card.

After 14 months, the defendant engaged in a scheme to defraud nearly eighty customers out of more than $200,000 by cashing their checks – averaging between $900 and $6,600 – and failing to provide the promised travel arrangements.

  • Kumudu Kuruttu on October 25, 2004, purchases a trip to Sri Lanka from Boston, Massachusetts, through for $1,570. Mr. Kuruttu was instructed via e-mail to mail a check for the total amount to the defendant’s residence, apartment 4J at 133-24 Sanford Avenue in Queens, which he did. The check was cashed but Mr. Kuruttu never received any airline tickets in return.

  • Richard Leary, on March 1, 2004, purchased a trip to Kiev, Ukraine, through from the defendant for $6,653. Mr. Leary was instructed to send a check for the full amount of the trip to the defendant’s other residence, apartment 8K at 43-70 Kissena Boulevard, Queens. Mr. Leary did as instructed but did not receive any tickets even though his check was cashed.


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