WOODBURY, N.J. – A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says a judge told Ellis Hester that she should have sent him to prison.
The 58-year-old Gibbstown resident pleaded guilty to theft in 2011 for taking money for a cruise but never providing it.
He was supposed to pay $400 a month to the victims but stopped paying last year, saying he could not afford it.
The judge says he must sell his house, valued at $260,000, and his 1998 Mercedes to make good on the $41,000 he still owes the victims.