Prosecutors say man cheated Delta frequent flyer program

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say the managing partner of a Chicago travel agency fraudulently accumulated millions of points in a Delta Air Lines frequent flyer program.

Gennady Podolsky was indicted Wednesday on 12 counts of wire fraud. A dual Ukrainian and American citizen, he is managing partner of Vega International Travel Services.

Through the SkyBonus program, businesses earn points when employees fly Delta.

Prosecutors say Podolsky created a SkyBonus account for a fertility center owned by a family member of Vega Travel’s president. When Vega Travel customers flew Delta, Podolsky entered that SkyBonus number even though they weren’t fertility center employees.

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Prosecutors say Podolsky accumulated and redeemed more than 42 million points, causing Delta to lose more than $1.75 million.

Online court records didn’t list a lawyer for Podolsky.

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