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Former WestJet employee pleads guilty to defrauding airline of $138K in travel credit

Former WestJet employee pleads guilty to defrauding airline of $138K in travel credit

Old Nov 8, 18, 1:42 pm
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Former WestJet employee pleads guilty to defrauding airline of $138K in travel credit

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calga...ough-1.4895605

A former WestJet employee has admitted to defrauding the company of more than $138,000 by issuing travel dollars to his friends and others who would pay him for the credits.

Terance Gough pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000 on Wednesday ahead of his trial, which was supposed to begin Nov. 19 after a plea deal was arranged by defence lawyer James Salimi and prosecutor Lucia Calisi.

Gough began working for WestJet in 2008 in guest relations and began his three-year scheme in 2012.
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Old Nov 8, 18, 3:34 pm
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Wherever there is a chance for money to be made by the corrupt and criminally-minded it will happen. I believe there was a similar scam at another airline recently - just can't remember which one.
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Old Nov 8, 18, 4:42 pm
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Wherever there is a chance for money to be made by the corrupt and criminally-minded it will happen. I believe there was a similar scam at another airline recently - just can't remember which one.
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20181025...federal-prison

Ex-United employee issued vouchers for food instead of travel, and was able to get a bigger haul than the Westjet employee before caught.
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Old Nov 8, 18, 10:57 pm
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Originally Posted by AUCLABruin View Post
https://www.pjstar.com/news/20181025...federal-prison

Ex-United employee issued vouchers for food instead of travel, and was able to get a bigger haul than the Westjet employee before caught.
That's the one.

And then we have the other extreme:

Easyjet flight attendant fired for eating a bacon sandwich given to her by manager

https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/88441210/Easyjet-flight-attendant-fired-for-eating-a-bacon-sandwich-given-to-her-by-manager

I do think the early success of these crimes seduces the perpetrators into a false sense of eluding detection - but the accounting and monitoring typically catches-up eventually.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 3:31 am
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Speaking of WS employees behaving badly....

This is everything we know about the jailed Canadian tourist in Thailand | Canada Live News

Schneider, along with co-accused Lee Furlong, a British citizen, face a $40,000 fine if convicted of vandalizing a registered ancient artifact. Both 23-year-olds are also facing charges of public mischief and damaging city property.

According to a Facebook account with her name, Brittany works as a ramp agent with WestJet and has worked out of the Fort McMurray International Airport. The same Facebook account also describes her as a ground service agent at Strategic Aviation Services, which is an aviation services company that offers passenger, cargo and ground support.

WestJet does not provide comment on any personal matters regarding employees, a spokesperson said in a statement to CTVNews.ca.
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Old Nov 17, 18, 9:46 am
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Speaking of WS employees behaving badly....

This is everything we know about the jailed Canadian tourist in Thailand Canada Live News

Schneider, along with co-accused Lee Furlong, a British citizen, face a $40,000 fine if convicted of vandalizing a registered ancient artifact. Both 23-year-olds are also facing charges of public mischief and damaging city property.

According to a Facebook account with her name, Brittany works as a ramp agent with WestJet and has worked out of the Fort McMurray International Airport. The same Facebook account also describes her as a ground service agent at Strategic Aviation Services, which is an aviation services company that offers passenger, cargo and ground support.

WestJet does not provide comment on any personal matters regarding employees, a spokesperson said in a statement to CTVNews.ca.
She is obviously is not a WestJet employee, as ground services in YMM are provided by Strategic Aviation Services to WestJet.
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Old Nov 23, 18, 5:11 pm
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This whole thread has nothing to do with travel on WS, their fleet, routes or anything remotely travel related unless the fraud-y friends flew somewhere and service was poor or interesting.

The Thailand vandalism was settled for less than $40,000 as well. But has zero to do with WS and is a silly thing to post or continue posting on here.
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Old Nov 23, 18, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
This whole thread has nothing to do with travel on WS, ...
There is a tangential relationship to WestJet. If you don't like the thread - don't participate.
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Old Nov 24, 18, 5:48 pm
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Originally Posted by robsaw View Post
There is a tangential relationship to WestJet. If you don't like the thread - don't participate.
It has no relationship at all. So an employee stole money or a contract employee vandalized something. Zero to do with what this entire website is about.
So if a WS employee does anything (could be good or bad) it should be reported here?
Nothing to do with WS, nothing. They just happen to be a victim of a crime.
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Old Nov 25, 18, 2:45 am
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Originally Posted by ricktoronto View Post
It has no relationship at all. So an employee stole money or a contract employee vandalized something. Zero to do with what this entire website is about.
So if a WS employee does anything (could be good or bad) it should be reported here?
Nothing to do with WS, nothing. They just happen to be a victim of a crime.
If you feel so strongly then please click the 'report a post' icon and share your concerns with a senior moderator who oversees this forum as there is no regular forum moderator.
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