ATLANTA, Ga (CW69 News at 10)

PRESS RELEASE:

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the Georgia Attorney General’s office has entered into a Consent Judgment with Voyageurs International Ltd. (“Voyageurs”) and its owner, Gilford Mahaffy, to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully retained a $1,900 cancelation fee from numerous high school music students and their families who had prepaid for a trip to Europe that was subsequently unilaterally canceled by the company due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Consent Judgment, which was filed with the Court on December 29, 2020, requires Voyageurs to pay $231,560.00 in restitution to the Attorney General’s Office to be disbursed in its entirety to the affected Georgia consumers.

“Our office is very pleased that full refunds will be provided to Georgia high school students and parents whose trips were unilaterally canceled by Voyageurs International,” said Attorney General Carr. “While nothing can replace the trips themselves, it is my hope that this resolution will help relieve a bit of financial burden from these Georgia families.”

This matter is one of many efforts by the Attorney General’s Office’s Consumer Protection Division over the past ten months, prioritizing restitution for consumer harm resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.