On Monday, June 5, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice indited 36-year-old Dajuan Martin on 12 counts of wire fraud and 46-year-old Ned Brooks on four counts of wire fraud for their part in the scheme.
Attorneys Allege Pair Created and Sold Fraudulent Travel Vouchers
According to United States Attorneys for the Northern District of Illinois, Martin was formerly employed by Southwest at the airport when the scheme allegedly began. Marin is accused of creating “Southwest Luv Vouchers” under fake names, which are usually given to travelers who have a bad experience aboard the carrier.
In turn, Martin would allegedly sell the vouchers to Brooks and others at “below market value” for cash. It is unclear how many vouchers Martin and Brooks sold, but the government attorneys claim the loss for Southwest is over $1.87 million.
If convicted, both Martin and Brooks face up to 20 years in federal prison for each count of wire fraud. An indictment is not evidence of guilt, and both defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. It is unknown if either of the accused have entered a plea in the case.
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