Complete Something in the Water coverage

Parents: Smithfield high school students’ trip canceled because of travel agent

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Smithfield, Va. - "You`re still out there. You`re still a predator."

That's what Kristie Lanford has to say to the travel agent who she says scammed her, her daughter, and more than a dozen students from Smithfield high school's Spanish program.

"I was completely devastated. I was very obsessed with this all summer. It kind of destroyed our lives," Lanford said.

She says they all paid the travel agent thousands of dollars.

Two days before they were set to leave, they received a phone call from the travel agent at Grade A Travel, LLC.

"Right before our trip, he called our lead teacher and said he was canceling the trip. He promised us a refund. He told us in our letter we could go on another trip if we wanted to, or get all of our money back in 30 days."

But that never happened.

NewsChannel 3 has reached out to the travel agent, but we weren't able to get a hold of him.  Lanford says she has a meeting with Isle of Wight investigators next week.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.