Former Waterford travel agent sentenced for ripping off customers will now be going to trial

PONTIAC (WXYZ) - Joyce McKay never thought she'd be back in a courtroom looking at Penny Kane, but that's what happened Friday morning.

Kane is the former Waterford travel agent who McKay says took her money and never came through with the family Christmas trip to Jamaica that they'd paid for.

"She told us on Christmas Eve around noon that we weren't going ... it was really hard to tell an 11 year-old that we were not going to have a Christmas," says McKay.

Last August, Kane was sentenced to 4 years in prison after prosecutors said she scammed almost 100 customers and pocketed $370,000 of their cash. That money was meant for trips that most of them never got to take.
Since the judge exceeded the sentencing guidelines, Kane should have been given the chance to withdraw her no contest plea, but since that didn't happen, she was brought back to court to be resentenced. This time she made a different decision and decided to withdraw her plea and go to trial.

McKay and others who say they were betrayed by Kane were hoping this would be over today.

"I'd actually want to see her do enough time where she can't steal from people and she'll actually learn," says Bill Brubaker. He says he lost $2,200 because of Kane.

Prosecutors say they are ready for a trial. While Kane's alleged victims aren't counting on seeing any of their money again, they vow to see the court process through .. again.

"I'm not forgetting. I will be at every court proceeding. I don't want her to think we've forgotten about what she's done to us," says McKay.

Kane's mother was in court. Action News tried to speak with her, but she declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Penny Kane will stay locked up behind bars. She's expected back in court on March 12th for a   pre-trial hearing.

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