Judge enters into not guilty plea for Lisa Andres
Dozens of people never got what they were promised
The woman accused of scamming families out of their Disney vacation money finally appeared in court Monday.
HAMILTON, Ohio - The woman accused of scamming dozens of families out of their Disney vacation money begged a judge Monday for more time to secure an attorney.
But Judge Patricia Oney refused and set a high bond - $135,000 – same as what Lisa Andres allegedly scammed.
Andres, 40, was arrested Thursday at a casino in Columbus, Ohio. She has moved from Liberty Township north to Morrow County since she was first arrested in January.
Jennifer Dendler said she and her family bought a vacation trip from Andres that didn't happen and invested money with her on a business venture that also turned out to be fake.
"There is no remorse shown at this point that you do feel a bit of justice knowing that someone's being indicted for the crimes that they've done against you," Dendler said.
Another person accusing Andres of scamming her, Pam Zale, was in court Monday. Zale admitted she was fooled.
"I kept telling my friends that were in on it, because they started saying something was wrong with it, 'She won't do this to us. She's our friend,' Zale said.
"But I was wrong."
Zales said her family gave Andres $5,000 to pay for a hotel, Disney passes and a meal plan.
"When it came close to the vacation, it started looking a little shady," Zale said.
She said they went to Florida only to find that nothing had been purchased. They had to pay an additional $5,000 to $7,000 to make the trip happen.
"You know, she didn't talk to us. She said, 'I'm going to talk to Disney and I'll get this all worked out and I'll get you your tickets, don't worry.' But it didn't work out that way," Pam Zale said..
"So the kids wouldn't be disappointed, we had to book an extra room and … get the tickets for the kids to go because of some of these kids had never been to Disney."
Asked what she feels toward Andres now, Hale said:
"I feel very sorry for her family that they have to go through this. I hope she gets help. She needs help."
County prosecutor Mike Gmoser says at least 38 people paid Andres to book vacations to Disney World.
Andres is charged with 39 counts – 29 counts of theft, eight counts of theft from an elderly or disabled person, one count of misuse of credit cards and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The judge entered a not-guilty plea for Andres.
Her next court date is May 19.