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Fake vacation scheme lands man in jail

A Tampa man whose business promised Bahamas vacations to more than a dozen people nationwide has been charged with credit card and telemarketing offenses, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said.

Scott Moore Crawford, 36, operated a number of entities, including ones based on N Florida Avenue named Aurora Tours and The Promotions Group/National Worldwide Promotions, within the past two years, said a Sheriff's Office statement.

Authorities gave these details:.

Crawford and his staff obtained cards filled out by fairgoers and trade show visitors in the United States and Canada who thought they were entering a drawing for a vacation trip. Crawford's employees called the contestants and told them they had won a trip, but that to claim it they needed to pay port taxes and promotional fees.

A number of people paid the fees but never got to travel, the Sheriff's Office said.

Crawford was charged with racketeering, grand theft and operating without a telemarketing license. He was released Wednesday night on $1,000 bail.