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Baggage Pickup: Two men charged with stealing $ 550,000 from an airline for lost baggage fraud

According to the authorities, these people now have a lot of luggage.

According to prosecutors, a pair of frequent flyer services from Louisiana have been charged with stealing more than $ 500,000 from airlines by filing dozens of fake baggage loss claims.

Kenner’s Parnell Anthony Jones, Jr., 31, and Calmet’s Donmonic Martin, 29, commit fraud on many airlines after 180 flights to and from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. However, he has been accused of filing a claim for lost luggage. According to court documents, I have never actually traveled with my luggage.

Prosecutors say that since 2015, Jones will use fake ID and preloaded gift cards to buy flight tickets online. I then presented my fake ID at the airport, paid my checked baggage fee, and then collected my baggage claim, but did not actually check my baggage.

At the time of landing, the prosecutor told the airline that Jones had lost his luggage and claimed that the bag contained valuables of more than $ 3,500, the maximum legal compensation. According to court documents, he will put Martin’s address on the claim.

According to prosecutors, if the bag didn’t come up after a month, the airline paid $ 3,500 and sent the check to Martin’s house in Chalmette.Overall, airlines including American Airlines
AAL,
+ 2.34%
,
United Airlines
UAL,
+ 2.78%
,
Jetblue
JBLU,
+ 2.03%
,
Southwest Airlines
LUV,
+ 1.01%

And Alaska Airlines
ALC,
+ 1.66%

— According to the prosecutor, he paid Jones and Martin $ 550,000.

Jones and Martin have been charged with plotting an email fraud. If convicted, Jones will face up to 20 years and Martin will face up to 5 years.

Jones and Martin weren’t immediately asked for comment, and it wasn’t immediately clear if they had hired a lawyer. Martin’s first appearance was scheduled for October 6, and Jones was set for October 13.

“We are pleased that the Justice Department is pursuing this issue,” said an American Airlines spokesman. There was no comment from a Southwest Airlines representative and messages sent to other airlines were not immediately returned.

In 2020, airlines lost only 0.04% of the approximately 209 million bags handled in the United States, according to the US Department of Transportation. Most of them were eventually recovered and returned to their owners, but only 5% of the missing ones were not found.

Baggage Pickup: Two men charged with stealing $ 550,000 from an airline for lost baggage fraud

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