Saturday, April 23, 2016

Former WestJet employee charged with fraud, theft in $250K travel credit scam

CALGARY -- Alberta's organized and serious crimes unit says a former WestJet employee has been charged for allegedly fraudulently issuing over $250,000 worth of travel credits.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams said Friday that its Calgary Financial Crime branch charged Terance Gough, 43, with fraud and theft over $5,000 on Tuesday.

The response teams, known as ALERT, started a joint investigation with WestJet corporate security in July 2015 after the airline conducted an internal investigation.

ALERT alleges that Gough issued the WestJet travel credits between 2012 and 2015 and that they were bought and sold by a third party.

A WestJet spokesperson said no customers suffered financial loss as a result of the scheme and indicated the company does not believe any other employees were involved.

The spokesperson refused to comment further because the matter is before the courts.

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