UPDATE: Travel agent avoids prison sentence after selling Sheffield family fraudulent £5,000 trip to Florida

Rebecca Waterfall outside Manchester Crown Court. Picture MEN
Rebecca Waterfall outside Manchester Crown Court. Picture MEN
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A travel agent who sold a fraudulent holiday to a Sheffield family worth over £5,000 has avoided a prison sentence.

The Conways from Sheffield handed over £5,250 to 27-year-old Rebecca Waterfall, a family friend, for a four-week holiday to Disney World Florida in June 2016.

Manchester Crown Court heard Rebecca Waterfall, previously of Walkley but now of Hulme, Manchester, paid back the money after being instructed by Judge Patrick Field QC.

Judge Field QC handed Waterfall a suspended sentence of 13 months which runs for two years along with 240 hours of unpaid work in the community.

READ MORE: Sheffield grandmother reveals holiday hell after family friend sold them fraudulent £5,000 trip to Disney World
The case was opened on Friday, January 20 but sentencing was adjourned until today.

Speaking to The Star after the case, fraud victim Julie Conway, 57, of Crookes, said: "The main emotion is relief because this has been hanging over us for so long.

The Conways pictured moments before they were stopped by fraud police in Manchester Airport back in June 2016

The Conways pictured moments before they were stopped by fraud police in Manchester Airport back in June 2016

"We accept the outcome, the result is correct. She will have to live with what she has done."

The grandmother previously said how the whole family were stopped at the check-in desk at Manchester Airport by fraud detectives and explained to the family Waterfall had paid for their trip using her employers' credit card.

Julie said she entrusted Waterfall, a friend of her daughter’s, to book the trip after the death of her mother Doreen in November 2015. Her dad Frank also died a month before they were due to fly.

As Waterfall sobbed in the dock on Friday, her defence barrister made a ‘plea for mercy’, saying she had never been in trouble before and that her 30-year-old partner was about to undergo open heart surgery. He described her actions as ‘immature and ill-thought out’,

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