A convicted man from Texas has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to fraudulently receive free Spirit Airlines flights for himself and others, in addition to making faux worker identification badges to be able to get the flights, prosecutors mentioned.
The defendant, recognized as Hubbard Bell, 32, from Houston, had beforehand labored for Mesa Airlines, which supplies its workers free tickets for Spirit Airlines flights as a perk. However, Bell was terminated from his job at Mesa in 2015.
From February 2016 to November 2017, Bell reportedly labored with a number of different folks to allegedly promote “stolen and unauthorized information of Mesa employees,” which might permit them to guide free flights, in response to a information launch from the U.S. Attorney’s Office within the Central District of California.
A person from Texas has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for allegedly scheming to make faux worker identification badges to be able to get free Spirit Airlines flights for himself and others. (iStock)
Bell additionally reportedly “unlawfully used his Mesa employee information” to guide 34 free Spirit Airlines flights for himself, per the discharge.
He “also admitted he and his co-conspirators manufactured and sold fraudulent Mesa employee identification cards for use by the fraudulent travelers,” the discharge mentioned.
Overall, Bell’s scheme led to a complete of 1,953 free flights for individuals who weren’t Mesa workers, the discharge said.
“The court found the loss to Spirit Airlines was approximately $150,000,” the discharge mentioned.
Bell pleaded responsible to at least one rely of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in September. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to 30 months — or two and a half years — in federal jail and was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Spirit Airlines.
Five alleged co-conspirators pleaded not responsible and are scheduled to go on trial in April, the release said.
Fox News was unable to find an legal professional for Bell.