NJ travel agency accused of cheating Muslims out of pilgrimage

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TRENTON, N.J. – A travel agency is accused of charging more than 50 Muslims thousands of dollars for a Mecca pilgrimage tour only to leave them standing in airports at the last minute without tickets.

The state attorney general’s Office alleges Shama Hajj Ziyarat Tours L.L.C. and its owner, Molana Syed Alihaider Abidi, violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by selling the trip packages to Saudi Arabia, then failing to provide either the tour or a refund…The customers were supposed to leave Dec. 20, 2006, and return Jan. 4. But when they arrived at airports around the country, they discovered there were no tickets waiting for them. During the next few days, the agency told the customers the tour had been canceled. A few of the customers received partial refunds of $1,000 but most never received any money.

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