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2 charged in $550,000 airline lost luggage scam
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Two Louisiana men are facing charges after allegedly defrauding airlines by issuing numerous false claims for lost luggage.
Pernell Anthony Jones Jr., 31, and Donmonick Martin, 29, are accused of booking flights under false identities and making false claims to commercial airlines including American, Alaska, Southwest, United and JetBlue, for reimbursement for lost luggage, according to prosecutors.
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Since 2015, the duo submitted over 180 phony claims for flights in and out of Louisiana's Louis Armstrong International Airport and requested over $550,000 in reimbursement, according to prosecutors, which noted that the airlines paid over $300,000 in fraudulent claims.
The scam started in 2015 when Jones would book flights under a false identity using pre-loaded gift cards, according to court documents.