A young man now faces a lengthy jail sentence after creating fake ID to secure free flights for himself and his friends. While he ended up with 34 free flights on Spirit Airlines, those tickets might come at a very high cost if he winds up spending time in prison.
How 34 Flights On Spirit Airlines May Lead To 20 Years In Prison
Hubbard Bell once worked for Mesa Airlines in Houston. He was fired. Perhaps in retaliation or perhaps because he was just bored, he broke into the carrier’s employee database and took information including:
- dates of hire
- employee identification numbers
Using those, he created fake IDs for himself and for others. He used his fake ID to book 34 free flights on Spirit Airlines. With unnamed co-conspirators, he also sold fake ID to travelers looking for “free” flights.
It is not clear how he was caught, but Bell recently pleaded guilty to to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. That carries a maximum of prison term of 20 years. The crime took place between February 2016 and November 2017. Bell will be sentenced later this year.
In the case of one ex-Mesa Airlines employee, those 34 “free” flights are really going to cost a lot. I am sure there is a joke in here somewhere about going to jail for flying Spirit, but I’m not going to make it. What a sad story. And if Spirit Airlines flights carry pre-paid imputed taxes, he was not even flying for free.
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