Just this past weekend, there were lot's of updates on Cynthia Anderson. Now her husband says he is in control of the trips. What is that all about? Is he a RTA as well? Or is he just an Al Haig wannabe?
Another interesting question I have is how was this group ever booked on Carnival? A senior class trip is not something Carnival encourages and their policies for chaperones are pretty stringent. Unless of course these seniors are over 21 but..nah! Could it be that the RTA did not know the product? Maybe the training aspect of this program is falling just a wee bit short? This will be interesting to see how YTB makes good on this one.
Sheriff's Office joins trip scam probe
The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office has assigned a detective to investigate the claims of Rutherford County high school students who allege a Murfreesboro woman has scammed them out of $700 each for a senior trip.
In a press release Friday, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said a School Resource Officer at La Vergne High School has turned in multiple reports of students being defrauded of money by Cynthia Anderson of Murfreesboro.
According to Rutherford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Goodwin, those cases have been assigned to Detective Todd Sparks.
The press release states no warrant has been sought on Anderson by victims, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office or any other persons in connection with the alleged claims and she has not been arrested.
Students say they booked the trip through Anderson, who is a former independent marketing representative for Internet-based Your Travel Biz. Her husband, Kenneth Anderson, told The Daily News Journal that he has taken over responsibility for the May 25-29 trip on Carnival Cruise Lines.
YTB Chief Operating Officer Duane Vancil said Cynthia Anderson was terminated two to three weeks ago because she was not authorized to collect any money on behalf of the company. He said the company is now working with 20 to 25 students to refund their money.
Goodwin stated the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office understands that the "Murfreesboro Police Department is investigating claims made by Riverdale and Oakland High students."
The sheriff's office release goes on to state that it has an active 2003 bad check warrant against a woman named Cynthia B. Anderson, but it is not known if it is the same woman named by students.
Murfreesboro Police Department spokesman Kyle Evans said he will not comment on the case at this time.
"I will let the police reports speak for themselves," Evans said.