TEXAS: Prosecutors said, for conspiring to fraudulently obtain free Spirit Airlines flight or himself and others, as well as making fake employee identification badges in order to get the flights, a convicted man from Texas has been sentenced to prison.
The defendant is identified as Hubbard Bell, 32, from Houston. He had previously worked for Mesa Airlines, which provides as an advantage its employees’ free tickets for Spirit Airlines flights. However, Bell was terminated from his job at Mesa in 2015.
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, from February 2016 to November 2017, Bell apparently worked with a few others to supposedly sell “stolen and unauthorized information of Mesa employees,” which would permit them to book free flights.
To book 34 free Spirit Airlines flights for himself, Bell also reportedly “unlawfully used his Mesa employee information”.
He also admitted that he and his co-conspirators manufactured and sold fraudulent Mesa employee identification cards for use by the fraudulent travelers