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Former New Jersey airline agent pleads guilty to wire fraud

A former sales agent for Continental Airlines at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey pleaded guilty to orchestrating a $1 million scheme to sell fake plane ticket vouchers. The 33-year-old former airline employee pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in federal prison if she is given the maximum sentence for the crime.

According to CNN, the woman admitted to selling fake vouchers to travelers for $500 to $600 each, claiming that the vouchers would be good for a plane ticket anywhere in the world. FBI investigators said that the former sales agent deposited $1 million from the sales into her personal bank account.

Since the vouchers were useless, in order to keep the scheme going, the woman pretended that people's vouchers had been redeemed by using her own credit card, other people's credit cards or cash to purchase plane tickets for them. The scam fell apart because the woman could not keep up with redeeming the fake vouchers because real tickets around the world were much more expensive than what people had paid for the vouchers. FBI investigators said that she spent $587,000 on credit cards for plane tickets.

The woman was fired from her job at Continental after an internal investigation. She will have to pay restitution to her victims. The maximum prison sentence she could receive for the fraud is 20 years.

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Former airline agent admits scamming travelers (CNN)

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