Denver cops, firefighters scammed by travel operator |

Denver cops, firefighters scammed by travel operator

DENVER ” Scores of Denver police, firefighters and their family members who thought they would be in Hawaii for Saturday’s NFL Pro Bowl game are out of luck.

About 70 people in the Denver area paid a Las Vegas travel company for a package deal to pro football’s all-star game, only to have their plans disrupted.

“We’re cops,” Denver police officer Dan McNulty told KCNC-TV. “We’re investigators, and we got duped.”

McNulty’s wife said the family paid $619 per person for a week in Hawaii and even verified that the travel company, CEI Sports Tours, had reserved the rooms. The family even traveled to Las Vegas to meet company owner Mitch Chirchick and arranged for him to come to Colorado last month to assure everyone involved the trip was on track.

Others say they paid up to $1,000 each for a package that included game tickets.

Then, hours before departure, McNulty said it all fell apart. McNulty said Chirchick told him the money was gone and there would be no trip.

Workers at a State Attorney General’s office in Nevada told Denver’s KUSA-TV that complaints were just starting to come in to that office this week.

Authorities in Las Vegas are investigating.

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