Old Sep 13, 19, 4:06 pm
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Originally Posted by Gig103 View Post
A man was indicted by federal prosecutors this week, accused of earning more than 42 million Delta frequent-flyer miles by committing fraud.
Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/delt...odolsky-2019-9

It goes on to say that he created a Skybonus account for a business he was not associated with to earn the miles.

The airline claims the miles are worth $1.75 million, which is beyond ludicrous. The man committed fraud and theft, but we all know the real value is closer to $500k.
Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
Maybe the damage number is based on what it would have cost to purchase all the award tickets and other perks that were redeemed from the SkyBonus account, perhaps at last minute walk up fares (as if a fraudulent award ticket had been cancelled at the gate and the passenger had been forced to buy a ticket or be stranded).
The news articles all say $1.75 million worth of miles, but according to one of them, the actual indictment says "causing a loss to Delta of over $1.75 million dollars". I feel like this number is plausible and that Delta's lawyers would be smart enough to not put an exact dollar value on miles.
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