Last updated: 04:17 PM ET, Mon April 25 2016

Former WestJet Employee Charged in Travel Credit Fraud Scheme

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 25, 2016

Former WestJet Employee Charged in Travel Credit Fraud Scheme

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Police have charged a former WestJet Airlines employee with fraud and theft for his role in a travel credit fraud scheme worth $250,000.

According to the Calgary Herald, 43-year-old Terance Gough was at the center of an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s financial department and WestJet that was launched in July 2015.

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Authorities are claiming that Gough issued more than $250,000 worth of WestJet travel credits without proper authorization between 2012 and 2015. The credits have a point value and were sold to a small network of people.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team spokesperson Mike Tucker told the Calgary Herald, “We believe he was funneling these through a third party and was also using a fictitious account to deposit these credits into. In turn, they were being sold by a third party.”

Police believe Gough was receiving payment for the credit scheme, and he turned himself into authorities last week. Investigators have spoken to travelers who used the fraudulent credits, but will not charge them with any crime.

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Police are still investigating the third party which sold the credits to determine whether or not the third party will be charged in connection with the case.


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