Toronto – Francisco (Frank) Cardona pled guilty to and was convicted of 1 (one) count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the “Act”).

The Court ordered the following sentence on January 25, 2018:

  1. Fine of $10,000 to be paid within 2 years;
  2. Restitution totaling $4,060;
  3. 1 (one) year of probation requiring Mr. Cardona to report to a probation officer as so directed by his assigned probation office and to notify that probation office of any changes to his address. In addition, Mr. Cardona is required to:

(a) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform his prospective employer, in writing, of his conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002; and

(b) Prior to accepting a job in the travel industry, inform the Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002, in writing, of the position being offered, the name of the travel agent and the term of employment and   shall provide proof of having informed the prospective employer of his conviction under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.

Mr. Cardona paid $1,500 in restitution payments prior to being sentenced by the court.

Mr. Cardona was also convicted criminally on January 10, 2018 of 1 (one) count of fraud over $5,000. Sentencing in the criminal matter will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Cardona operated in Toronto. He was previously an outside sales representative for Tri World Travel. Tri World Travel was convicted in September 2017 in relation to actions when Cardona was their outside sales representative.

Formed in 1997, TICO is a not-for-profit corporation wholly financed by Ontario-registered travel agents and wholesalers.  It administers the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and the Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund.  TICO may be contacted at (905) 624-6241 or 1-888-451-TICO.  Visit TICO’s website at or email TICO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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