(LOS ANGELES) — A Georgia man was arrested on Wednesday and was scheduled for a Thursday arraignment after he allegedly scammed airlines out of money by fraudulently booking airline reservations as a flight crew member.
Gilbert Myers Jr., 37, was arrested on Wednesday at a Beverly Hills, California hotel. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he had been indicted on June 6 and accused of one count of conspiracy and three counts of wire fraud. He was allegedly involved in a conspiracy to defraud airlines by providing travelers with boarding passes and stand-by tickets, for which actual airline employees pay low prices, if any at all, provided the travelers acted as if they were “non-rev” employee travelers.
Myers allegedly charged $2,000 for one year of free flights.
He advised the travelers to dress appropriately and answer any questions by saying they were employed at another airline. Travelers were able to use their real identification and the fraudulent boarding pass to get through security and onto the planes.
JetBlue Airways and United Airlines were among the air carriers on which Myers booked fraudulent flights.
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