January 21, 2015
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with Florida-based Vacation Tours USA, Inc.
, and its principals Henry J. Armand and Tony J. Armand, over a false advertising scam targeting consumers across New York State. According to the government, the company sent letters to consumers telling them they had won a vacation package, including airfare and lodging, and invited them to attend a seminar at a local hotel but once there were subjected to a sales presentation conducted by a third-party company instead of being given vouchers for free airline tickets and hotel stays. Under the settlement, the company must halt its deceptive, fraudulent, and illegal business practices in New York State, pay restitution to consumers, and pay $22,500 in civil penalties and costs. NY