No Fraud Charges For Florida Station
November 26, 2008 at 5:24 AM (PT)
WINGS COMMUNICATIONS brokered Talk WELE-A/DAYTONA BEACH will not face fraud charges over complaints that the show sold travel package coupons, but did not deliver the vacations, ORMOND BEACH police said TUESDAY. Investigator Sgt. KENNY HAYES told the DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL, "We saw no criminal intent on the part of the owner of the radio station." HAYES said that the complainants could sue in civil court, but that "For criminal charges to apply, police would have to prove that agents of the radio station knowingly sold packages that were worthless or knowingly misrepresented the packages which resulted in monetary gain to the business," for which he said the police found no proof.
At least three listeners complained last month that the "PREMIER TRAVEL SHOW," hosted by station Pres./Owner DOUG WILHITE, took their money for vacations it never delivered. WILHITE said at the time that the station was running out of money and the station might be going off the air, but shortly thereafter said that he would make good on the vacation packages and returned the station to the air.