Travel Agent Arraigned for Fraudulent Use of $1.75 Million Worth of Delta SkyBonus Points

By Jesse Sokolow on 13 September 2019
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A 43-year-old travel agent was arraigned on charges of wire fraud after being indicted by a grand jury for illegally accruing and redeeming over 42 million Delta SkyBonus points in a 13-month period.

Gennady Podolsky is the owner of Chicago-based Vega International Travel Services.  He pled not guilty to the charges and will be allowed to remain in Chicago at his residence while awaiting trial.

Authorities said that Podolsky set up a SkyBonus account through a fertility center owned by a family member of the travel agency’s president. He then booked tickets for his clients using that account and fraudulently passed them off as employees of the fertility company.

A Delta SkyBonus account is intended for use only by employees of the member company.

“Podolsky used his knowledge of the travel industry to take advantage of his travel agency clients,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak in a statement. “Through his access, he allegedly took advantage of Delta Airlines corporate frequent flyer program, illegally reaping millions of SkyBonus points worth more than $1.75 million dollars.”

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