An Atlanta man was charged with conspiracy and three counts of wire fraud after he fraudulently booked airline reservations by pretending to be a flight crew member, according to authorities.
Gilbert Myers Jr., 37, was arrested Thursday at a Beverly Hills hotel after agreeing to meet a potential traveler who was actually an undercover FBI agent.
An indictment outlines a conspiracy to defraud air carriers in which travelers would illegally board aircrafts while pretending to be employees of other airlines.
In exchange for arranging their travel as "non-rev" employee travelers, Myers typically charged $2,000 for one year of free flights.
The indictment alleges that fraudulent travelers used Myers' services to fly in and out of Los Angeles County airports by pretending to be in-flight crew members employed by other airlines.
According to reports, to obtain boarding passes, Myers called the airline's reservation call center and gave the airline's representative a bogus employee identification number.
With the fraudulently obtained boarding pass and their real photo identification, the fraudulent traveler would go through Transportation Security Administration security screening.The indictment details a small number of flights, but investigators believe that Myers fraudulently booked hundreds of flights on air carriers such as JetBlue Airways and United Airlines, causing the victims to suffer hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses.
Myers is expected to be arraigned on the indictment this in downtown Los Angeles.
The case against Myers is the result of an investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.