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Feds charge travel agent with stealing money for band trip to Hawaii

By Associated Press


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. >> A Utah travel agent accused of stealing $360,000 from a Missouri high school band is facing federal wire fraud and money laundering charges.

A federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday issued a 15-count indictment against 39-year-old Calliope Rocky Saaga of Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Prosecutors say he was doing business as Present America Tours LLC when he contracted with the Willard High School Band Boosters in January 2011 to provide travel arrangements for a 2012 band trip to Hawaii.

The boosters wired him 12 payments of $30,000 each between February 2011 and January 2012.

Instead of arranging the trip, prosecutors say he spent the money on himself. The band trip was subsequently canceled.

The U.S. attorney's office says it's unclear whether Saaga has an attorney.

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iwanaknow wrote:
I remember this guy when he was a student at byu-hawaii........I thought he had disappeared into thin air (somewhere in the South Pacific?) and there was a bounty on his head?
on May 7,2014 | 04:11PM
Hmm..Greed seems to be news lately.
on May 7,2014 | 06:28PM
HD36 wrote:
Nothing wrong with greed except when it hurts other people. Signs of a bad economy not a good one.
on May 7,2014 | 06:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
The economy is good. Barack told me so....
on May 7,2014 | 11:40PM
Greed has been around for hundreds of years.
on May 8,2014 | 10:23AM
nssanes wrote:
Somebody who would steal that money knowing what it was didn't do it because the economy was bad, they did it because they were selfish and uncaring and they could. Subhuman as far as anything worthwhile goes.
on May 8,2014 | 06:24AM
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