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Delta Air Lines Defrauded of US$22m

Delta Air Lines Defrauded of US$22m

Delta Air Lines employees Michael Yedor and Paul Anderson have been indicted by a US federal grand jury on charges that they participated in a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Air Lines of millions of dollars. Yedor was arrested in San Diego, California, on Saturday 21st June 2014.Delta Air Lines Logo

“The longevity and scope of the scheme to defraud Delta is simply astonishing,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The indictment is an important first step in finally bringing these defendants to justice after so many years of engaging in fraud.”

Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, said: “The FBI was not only uniquely positioned to investigate and present for prosecution this extensive case of fraud targeting Delta Air Lines, but also to co-ordinate the arrest of one of those individuals on his return to the USA. The FBI would like to thank our many law enforcement partners for their assistance in this matter, particularly those involved with the apprehension of Mr Yedor at San Diego, California.”

According to US Attorney Yates, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Anderson had been an employee of Northwest Airlines since 1979. In 2008, Delta Air Lines purchased Northwest. The two airlines merged into a single company in December 2009, at which time Anderson became an employee of Delta working in its Minneapolis, Minnesota, office.

The indictment alleges that, from at least 2004 through to 2013, Anderson was involved with Yedor in a scheme to defraud Northwest and, later, Delta, by submitting numerous false invoices on behalf of a company, Airborne Voice and Data, purportedly owned by Yedor. The invoices sought payment from the airlines for goods provided and services supposedly rendered by Airborne Voice and Data, when, in fact, both Anderson and Yedor knew that Yedor’s company had not provided any such goods or services.

The indictment also alleges that Yedor sent the invoices to Anderson to be approved. Anderson approved the fraudulent invoices, which caused the airlines to issue payments to Airborne Voice and Data. In exchange for approving each of the invoices, Anderson received a portion of the proceeds of the fraud. The indictment alleges that Yedor and Anderson caused Northwest and Delta to issue approximately $22 million in payments to Airborne on the basis of the false invoices between 2004 and 2013.

Yedor, 62, of Los Angeles, California, and Anderson, 57, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, were indicted on 10th June 2014, and have each been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 96 counts of mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed after Yedor’s arrest on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Delta Air Lines is fully co-operating with the investigation.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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