Josh RultenbergSep 15, 2017, 12:12 pm

Las Vegas travel agent allegedly scams NY churchgoers out of $240K

Scheme is said to be in connection with travel to Catholic churches’ World Youth Day 2016 in Poland

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St. Theresa parish in Briarcliff Manor is one of two Westchester churches that police say were scammed by 77-year-old Vincent Maffucci last year.

The other Westchester parish is St. Patrick's church in Yorktown Heights.

The two outside Westchester are St. Stanislaus Kostka in Pleasant Valley and St. John's parish in Woodstock.

The scheme is said to be in connection with travel to the Catholic churches’ World Youth Day 2016 in Poland.

The federal complaint says Maffucci allegedly collected $240,000 for the trip last year.

He is said to have kept $227,000 of the $240,000 total.

Checks were allegedly made out to Maffucci's company, ITC Tours through FedEx and mailed from 2014 to 2016.

A month after the final check was delivered, the complaint says Maffucci emailed the churches to say the trip had been canceled because of travel advisories and recent terror attacks.

He allegedly said he was expecting a large inheritance, which he would use to pay back the churches but prosecutors say nothing has been paid back.

Maffucci was arrested in Las Vegas Wednesday morning and charged with one count of mail fraud.

Maffucci was apparently sued in Nevada by Catholic churches for a similar scheme for a trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2013.

As for Wednesday's charge, he could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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