A man used his position as a travel agent to cheat 42 Million Delta SkyBonus points

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A man used his position as a travel agent to cheat Delta Air Lines out of $1.75 million worth of loyalty points, according to an indictment.

The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges Gennady Podolsky, a travel agent who was based in Chicago and catered to clients of Russian and Eastern European descent, fraudulently used Delta’s SkyBonus loyalty program for businesses.

A travel agent has been charged with wire fraud for an alleged scheme through a Delta Air Lines loyalty points program.

The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges Gennady Podolsky, a travel agent who was based in Chicago and catered to clients of Russian and Eastern European descent, fraudulently used Delta’s SkyBonus loyalty program for businesses.

“The fraudulent accumulation of frequent flyer miles in the travel industry may seem like a victimless crime, however, large corporations stand to lose significant profit,” said FBI Atlanta special agent in charge Chris Hacker in a written statement.

Podolsky’s attorney Seth Kirschenbaum issued a statement calling Podolsky “a well-respected and highly skilled travel adviser who has served a loyal clientele for many years,” and said Podolsky’s conduct related to the SkyBonus program was not fraudulent.

The SkyBonus program allows small- to mid-sized businesses to enroll to earn points for travel booked for employees, who can also earn personal miles through the SkyMiles program.

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