Anchorage tour company owes $800,000 to creditors

Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage-based tour company that abruptly closed last month owes nearly $800,000 to creditors, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Ask Alaska Travel and Tours owes money to about 1,300 creditors, including bed and breakfast operators, car rental agencies, airlines, tourists and the Internal Revenue Service. The company, which filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 1, is owned by Jennifer L. Christensen.

Earlier this month, the Alaska attorney general sued the firm, contending it had engaged in consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices.

Meanwhile, Anchorage police have started a criminal investigation of Ask Alaska's operations and are coordinating with other investigative agencies.

Christensen's company failed to pay withholding taxes from 2001 to 2003, according to the disclosure statements filed in bankruptcy court. The IRS is seeking to collect $70,000 in back taxes.

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