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D-Day tour promoter charged with stealing from clients

August 29, 2019

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tour promoter charged with keeping as much as $59,000 paid by a dozen people for trips to World War II battle sites that never happened could face several trials.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that prosecutors Wednesday asked a judge to schedule three or four trials for 52-year-old John Powers, citing the “financial burden” of bringing the alleged victims, all from out of state, to Massachusetts at the same time.

Prosecutors say many of them paid for a 2014 trip to France to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Powers faces 12 counts of larceny at one trial scheduled for Sept. 23. He pleaded not guilty.

The Grafton man’s attorney says his client suffered medical problems that prevented him from meeting his obligations, and his conduct was not criminal.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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