• Chinatown travel agent accused of stealing thousands from customers


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Chinatown travel agent was arraigned Thursday on charges she used her position to steal thousands of dollars from customers, District Attorney Daniel Conley said.

    Linda Do, 57, of Dorchester, was arraigned on 14 separate dockets charging 14 counts of larceny over $250 and nine counts of larceny over $250 from a person 60 or older. The charges reflect a total of 14 victims, nine of whom are 60 or older.

    A judge released Do on personal recognizance and ordered her to surrender her passport and stay away and have no contact with the victims and witnesses. Additionally, Do was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device and provide a financial statement to the court.

    Posing as the owner of Olympic Travel on Harrison Avenue in Boston, prosecutors allege Do either failed to make promised travel arrangements or cancelled the arrangements after receiving her payment. Either way, the victims did not receive their plane tickets nor were refunds issued, prosecutors said.

    The victims - most of whom were from the Greater Boston area, older, and needed a translator to speak with investigators - lost approximately $16,000 as a result of the scheme that continued from May through September, prosecutors said.

    The investigation is ongoing. Additional charges could be possible if more victims come forward.

    According to prosecutors, Do said she did not have money and count not return the victims' payments.

    Do will be back in court Friday.

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