MANCHESTER — A local travel agent is facing charges of larceny, credit card fraud and identity theft after a number of customers went to Manchester Police to say they had been hit with fraudulent charges on their credit cards.

Margaret J. Corrigan, 49, of 7 Big Rock Road in Manchester — who owns American Travel Services, which also lists a Big Rock Road address — was arrested by police on an outstanding felony warrant Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

According to the warrant, issued through Salem District Court, Corrigan faces three counts of larceny of $250, three counts of credit card fraud, and three counts of identity theft.

According to Manchester police, the arrest followed a five-month investigation headed by Detective Richard Newton. The investigation involved both the Attorney General's office and the Boston Division of the Secret Service, according to a release from the Manchester Police Department.

Police said the allegations center around Corrigan's travel company and customers who alleged that, after using Corrigan's services, they discovered fraudulent charges on their credit cards. The customers, police said, come from across the country.

"The investigation is ongoing and we expect other victims to come forward and further charges may be pending," Manchester Police Chief Glenn McKiel said in a prepared statement.

Police Thursday did not give any estimate as to how money is involved n the alleged scheme.

Other incidents

In other Manchester police news, police broke up a fight between a man and a woman in the 40 Beach Street parking lot, Wednesday at 9:40 p.m. Police said the altercation was verbal and no party sustained injuries. Police sent them on their way.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 1-978-283-7000 x3455, or sfletcher@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevengdt.

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