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January 31, 2018

Media Contact: Liz Brocker (701) 328-2213

BISMARCK, ND – A Pennsylvania man who operates a questionable discount travel service under several fictitious names has been banned from doing business in North Dakota for violating the state’s consumer fraud, transient merchant, and business licensing laws.

Thomas Joseph, who lists addresses in two Pennsylvania cities, uses various names for his discount travel club solicitations, including Save on Resorts, Best Value Getaways, Southwest Getaways and Southwest Travel Services. In late 2017, Joseph and his representatives held one seminar in Bismarck and had planned other seminars across North Dakota to solicit memberships for a discount travel club, claiming that prospective club members would receive free airline tickets and other travel incentives.

Neither Joseph nor any of his representatives cooperated with investigators from the Consumer Protection Division. Joseph and his business manager refused to answer questions about their operations or provide evidence of any actual discount travel services. In response, Mr. Joseph asked that the Attorney General’s office not apply North Dakota’s consumer fraud laws to his businesses and to waive the state’s licensing requirements, which the Attorney General’s office made clear it could not do. 

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Read the Cease and Desist Order

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