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BOSTON (CBS) — A local travel company will be refunding more than 450 families for student trips that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In total, Attorney Maura Healey said Pocasset-based Carousel Student Tours will return $101,000 to families that booked trips through their service.

The attorney general’s investigation into Carousel began in June after receiving more than 200 complaints related to the company.

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“During this time of financial hardship for individuals and communities across our state, we know that any relief helps,” Healey said in a statement. “That’s why my office moved quickly to preserve this company’s few remaining assets and ensure that those funds went directly to families who were affected by these trip cancellations.”

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Some of the schools that worked with Carousel were Acton Boxborough Regional High School, Barnstable High School, Chenery Middle School of Belmont, Miles River Middle School (Hamilton-Wenham), Norwood High School, and Westwood High School, as well as a trip planned for students at Bourne Middle School.

Healey said that since the start of the pandemic, her office has returned about $12 million in travel refunds to consumers in Massachusetts.

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