This week, a man was charged by the federal prosecutor accused of cheating more than 42 million delta frequent flyer miles.
The prosecution said Thursday that Gennady Podolsky, managing director of a Chicago-based travel agency, Vega International Travel Services, which has earned miles through Delta's SkyBonus program, can use the company to earn SkyMiles for frequent flyers while traveling with their employees.
The indictment stated that Podolsky created a SkyBonus account for a fertility center owned by a relative of Vegas President. When Podolsky's customers flew Delta and booked through Vega Travel, he entered the SkyBonus information from the Fertility Center, even though the travelers were not fertility center employees and had no connection to it, they said.
The prosecution said Podolsky collected and redeemed more than 42 million SkyMiles, which the airline rated at $ 1
Podolsky, a dual Ukrainian and American citizen, was relatively productive in his role as a travel agent and consultant. In a 2016 profile in Wired, Podolsky said he prefers to see himself as a "creative director".
Podolsky could not be reached for comment on Friday, and Delta did not immediately return a request for a comment.