TORONTO — Following an extensive ex-parte trial Kyle Gaspari operating as Executive Sports Company was convicted of two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002.
Gaspari was sentenced to six months of incarceration on count No. 1 and 3 months of incarceration on count No. 2, served concurrently. In addition, a Restitution Order in favour of the victims was issued, for a total of $186,259.34.
Further a warrant for Gaspari’s arrest was issued. Gaspari operated in Burlington and elsewhere in Ontario.
Meanwhile 501159 Ontario Limited operating as Executive Worldwide Travel and Zakaria Sheikh were each charged with the following offences:
1. 501159 Ontario Limited – with two counts of failing to hold customer funds in trust, contrary to section 27(6) of Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Regulation), and;
2. Zakaria Sheikh – with two counts of failing to take reasonable care to prevent 501159 Ontario Limited from committing the offence under section 27(6) of the Regulation, contrary to section 31(2) of the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (the Act).
Sheikh was Manager and President of 501159 Ontario Limited, a registered travel agent under the Act. 501159 Ontario Limited voluntarily terminated its registration under the Act effective July 13, 2015. Zakaria Sheikh and 501159 Ontario Limited operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario.
The first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Crescent in Ottawa.