Travel consultant rearrested on new charges in Essence Fest vacation scam:


Nakesia Washington, the owner of OBL Travel LLC., the Jefferson Parish travel agency accused of bilking several dozen 2018 Essence Festival attendees out of tens of thousands of dollars for vacation packages she didn’t deliver, was rearrested by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives Tuesday morning (Nov. 13), according to authorities.

Washington, 41, of Harvey, will be booked with three counts of theft and three counts of computer fraud stemming from three new victims identified by investigators, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office.

Travel agency owner arrested in Essence Fest vacation scams: JPSO

Nakesia Washington is accused of bilking several dozen Essence Festival visitors out of an estimated $80,000 for hotels and tickets she didn't provide, JPSO said.

Detectives were waiting to take her into custody Tuesday morning after she appeared in Jefferson Parish Commissioner’s Court in Gretna for a status update on criminal charges from her Aug. 2 arrest.

No details were available about the three new victims identified by authorities.

But the Aug. 2 charges are tied to complaints filed by a group of family and friends traveling to the 2018 Essence Musical Festival from Philadelphia and a Nashville woman who worked with Washington’s company to arrange travel for about 25 would-be attendees.

Although Essence Fest is held in New Orleans, JPSO is handling the case because Washington lives in Harvey. The department had received several dozen complaints from OBL customers who had been expecting hotel reservations, party passes and tickets to the popular, July 4-weekend music festival.

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