A United employee was fired two years ago but kept his uniform and airline ID. He spent over a year logging into United terminals inside airports around the country and printing meal vouchers. A lot of them.
He created tens of thousands of meal vouchers, intended for distressed passengers, worth $20 – $30 each. He wasn’t really hungry, and he didn’t order up a ton of food using OTG iPads. Instead he turned them into cash, redeeming the vouchers “through a food truck company that he owned” for a total of $559,345.67.
The scam involved printed vouchers at airports in Boston, Miami, Peoria, Milwaukee, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was caught when airport security at the Peoria airport noticed “an unauthorized man using one of the computer terminals at the United Airlines ticket counter.” He confronted he claimed to work for United in IT. Lesson: at small stations everyone knows everyone.
No one is standing by these United computer terminals
The 37 year old entered a guilty plea and will serve 33 months for bank fraud and has to pay United back the money that he stole.
(HT: Running With Miles)