This was a story that surprised me because of what the theft was! The title referenced that a man was going to federal prison for an airline voucher scam. I had figured that he had been stealing “bump” vouchers and redeeming them for free flights. I did not think it was for meal vouchers!
Ex-United Employee Stole $555,000 – In Meal Vouchers
According to this story, this ex-United Airlines employee was sentenced this week to 33 months in federal prison for an airline voucher scam. It appears that he had been fired from United back in 2016 but, somehow, had been allowed to keep his airline ID.
Using that ID, he would use United computers at various United counters around the country to print out thousands of meal vouchers. He would then run those through his own food truck company. This allowed him to convert it to cash (something I did not know!). He was caught and arrested for this this past summer so it would seem that he had been running this voucher theft for around 2 years. In that time, he stole over $555,000 in these meal vouchers.
In addition to serving time in federal prison, he also needs to reimburse United Airlines for over $555,000 for the money he stole. He had pled guilty to counts of bank fraud.
I am not sure what he was fired for but he obviously thought up this scam pretty quickly and decided to take advantage of his former employer.
Source: Journal Star