POSTED: 10:26 a.m. HST, May 05, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 06:43 p.m. HST, May 05, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. >> Attorney General Chris Koster has sued a Utah-based travel agency to recover about $360,000 for a southwestern Missouri high school band.
Koster's office says Present America Tours LLC accepted the money from the Willard High School band for a planned summer trip to Hawaii. But the school canceled the trip after the company stopped returning phone calls and emails.
A phone number for the company — with a Hawaii area code — was disconnected Friday.
The Missouri school wasn't alone in its problems with Present America Tours. The Southside High School Rebel Band in Fort Smith, Ark., also scrubbed a summer trip to Hawaii after paying the company more than $250,000.
Koster says a Missouri judge on Friday issued an order freezing some bank accounts of the travel agency's owner.