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Man poses as airline employee to score dozens of free plane tickets from jetBlue

By Mason White 3:38 PM July 14, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A man was arrested on charges of theft after allegedly fraudulently obtaining free tickets from jetBlue, police in California said.

Federal investigators said that the man of Georgia, posed as an employee of airlines in order to score cheap or free travel tickets.

Some tickets he resold for thousands of dollars. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Los Angeles, said that 37-year-old Gilbert Myers Jr. of Atlanta, was booked into jail and held on $75,000 bond after pleading not guilty to charges of wire fraud.

Myers was arrested earlier this week in a hotel in Beverly Hills, California, after agreeing to meet a ticket buyer who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

JetBlue Airways said it discovered the plot and notified law enforcement. Airlines routinely offer free travel for its own employees and discounted rates to other airline employees if there are empty seats.

According to the police investigation, Myers called jetBlue more than 12 times, posing as an employee of another airline and got free or discounted tickets.

When Myers resold those tickets he told clients how to dress and what to say if someone asked them questions. If convicted, Myers could face up to 20 years in prison for each of the four counts in the indictment.