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.