Cathay Pacific pilot ordered to pay back Air Canada after scamming $36K in free flights

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Cathay Pacific pilot ordered to pay back Air Canada after scamming $36K in free flights

#1 Post by golden hawk » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:15 pm

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Cathay Pacific pilot ordered to pay back Air Canada after scamming $36K in free flights

A Cathay Pacific pilot who pleaded guilty to scamming Air Canada for free flights has been given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay the airline thousands of dollars as restitution.

In a B.C. provincial court decision issued last month, Marc Anthony ****** was ordered to abide by a number of conditions for six months, perform 20 hours of community work, and pay back Air Canada $36,551.27.

According to court documents, ****** is a 42-year-old Canadian citizen and permanent resident of Hong Kong who works as a pilot for Cathay Dragon, under the Cathay Pacific brand.

In 2012 and 2013, Air Canada participated in a mystery shopper program with Sensors Quality Management Inc. (SQM) in which participating customers, known as “SQM insiders,” were offered partial or full refunds if they booked services through SQM and completed written reviews. The refunds were processed by SQM using redemption codes provided by Air Canada.

Through a contact living in Ontario who was registered as an SQM insider, ****** obtained a free-flight redemption code for Air Canada. He was not registered with SQM himself nor did he ever book any services through the company’s mystery shopper program.

Court documents note that between March 2013 and July 2013, ****** used the code to book four trips for himself and his family, which included 13 legs of flights, some of which were first-class tickets. ****** also used the free code to help friends book flights and in one case, charged a friend $400 to do so.

In total, ****** was responsible for booking $35,996.95 worth of free flights using the code and as a result, collected $554.33 in frequent flyer miles.

“The amount involved in these frauds is not insubstantial,” wrote Judge Patrick Chen. “The sole motivation for these offences was greed. The accused used a fake name and fake address when filling out forms to perpetrate some of the frauds.”

However, Chen noted that there were a number of mitigating factors in his decision, including ******’s guilty plea and remorse, as well as his proactive enrolment in counselling. The initial criminal investigation and the resulting publicity was also a factor in the breakdown of ******’s marriage, leading to “damage to his reputation.”

The judge also noted that ****** had no criminal history, continued to provide financial support to two ex-spouses and their children and had a number of references supporting his character, including one from a street musician he met while working in Nepal who said ****** had paid for the musician’s three children to attend school over the past four years.

As a result, the judge handed down a conditional discharge instead of a sentence, ordering ****** to abide by probation conditions for six months and complete 20 hours of community work. He is also ordered to pay Air Canada a one-time restitution of $36,551.27.

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#2 Post by altiplano » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:21 pm

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#4 Post by confusedalot » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:45 pm

so why is SQM management not held jointly responsible for this issue. Seems to me that they did not perform due diligence in identifying their ''mystery shopper''
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#5 Post by ahramin » Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:10 pm

yep, if you're poor and steal 36k you're going to jail, but if you're rich and steal 36k well ... you have lost your reputation, so 20 hours of community service should be plenty.
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#6 Post by HansDietrich » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:09 am

Or if you're the CEO of an American bank, you can defraud the American people, get bailed out and buy the Falcon 8X, because the 7X is "so out of style"...
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#7 Post by matt foley » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:34 am

"...no criminal record"? He was in the news a few years ago wanted for fraud in Vancouver. I met this clown 20 years ago and had him figured out, along with most others, within 5 minutes. What a farce.


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#8 Post by LukeDuke » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:10 am

Same dude was scamming the aeroplan system 12 years ago. IIRC He's the reason Air Sprint changed their per diem system.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/frequentl ... s-1.521173
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#9 Post by MrWings » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:07 am

matt foley wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:34 am
"...no criminal record"? He was in the news a few years ago wanted for fraud in Vancouver.
My guess is this why he was wanted then.

https://www.darpanmagazine.com/news/nat ... your-help/
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Same dude was scamming the aeroplan system 12 years ago.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/frequentl ... s-1.521173
It was not a scam. It was a possibility that AC didn't think anyone would attempt. The AC spokesperson even gives him credit in the article.
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#10 Post by matt foley » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:31 am

He was/is wanted for fraud under $5000 by several individuals having to do with his dealings in around YVR. Same but different. MT is a real piece of work and will keep doing this stuff until he is in jail. Then again after he gets out. And this is only the tip of his scum-baggery.

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#11 Post by rigpiggy » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:15 pm

He was a scam artist up in yev, then in tbay, etc........

I didnt even have to read down to his name before I had figured out who it was

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#12 Post by Kejidog » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:21 pm

Wow. Scumbag or not. What initative though. I wish i was half as crafty. The airmile thing was brilliant. I mean would anyone feel bad for air canada losing a few points? Almost as good as the guy buying cdn mint currency on a credit card depositing in his account using it topay the credit cards and collecting the miles.
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#13 Post by Heliian » Thu Jan 04, 2018 4:45 pm

Still lots of scammers out there in aviation. I guess dragon doesn't pay well, or flying a cargo plane full of rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong either.
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#14 Post by Bede » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:30 pm

rigpiggy wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:15 pm
He was a scam artist up in yev, then in tbay, etc........

I didnt even have to read down to his name before I had figured out who it was

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I was trying to figure out why I know the name. I was in both YEV and YQT. Who was he working for in those places
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#15 Post by Meatservo » Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:33 pm

That young go-getter has "upper management" written all over him!
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#16 Post by Blueontop » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:41 am

LukeDuke wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:10 am
Same dude was scamming the aeroplan system 12 years ago. IIRC He's the reason Air Sprint changed their per diem system.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/frequentl ... s-1.521173
What did this article have to do with Airsprint or it’s per diems?
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#17 Post by LukeDuke » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:15 pm

Article has no mention of Sprint. I recall a story when the airmiles thing came out, someone saying he's the guy that f'ed up expenses on the credit cards. No direct knowledge, just a story. Take it as you will. Kinda like the YEV and YQT stories
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#18 Post by matt foley » Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:37 pm

He proudly recounted how his days off were spent flying back and forth from YVR to Victoria or Nanaimo(Maybe both, can't remember) on an AirCanada monthly pass. It allowed you to fly unlimited in the 30 days and he racked up Aeroplan miles going back and forth. They canceled the plan after that. Whatever one thinks of his actions, both legal but and illegal, is is up to the individual. But I speak from experience in saying that not one person I know that has also met this turd-rocket thinks anything but the worst of him. And being a standout amongst all the scumbags in aviation is no small feat.

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#19 Post by leftoftrack » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:51 am

Can someone PM me his name. I may have current dealings with him
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#20 Post by Stan Darsh » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:42 am

His name is right there in the article.
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#21 Post by trey kule » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:09 am

Isnt this fun? I imagine it is almost as much fun as participating in a stoning or public hanging.


To add a bit of balance. Those fine airlines use perfectly legal methods to analyze everything from what kind of device you are using, to how long before you need to fly, to the time of day, to extract every penny they can from you when you try to buy a ticket. Its OK folks...its all legal.

And they have turned fees and surcharges into its own department, scheming up ways to extract every penny they can ( eg. advance seat selection. $25....ching ching).

But what this guy did was illegal! He deserves for all the rightous to come on here and publically pillar him. It is fun , isn’t it? To tell the world what a scumbag he is. It has to make you feel better about yourself.

My rant for the day...feel free to attack me for expressing an opinion contray to the holier than thou group.
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#22 Post by Meatservo » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:16 am

trey kule wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:09 am
Isnt this fun? I imagine it is almost as much fun as participating in a stoning or public hanging.


To add a bit of balance. Those fine airlines use perfectly legal methods to analyze everything from what kind of device you are using, to how long before you need to fly, to the time of day, to extract every penny they can from you when you try to buy a ticket. Its OK folks...its all legal.

And they have turned fees and surcharges into its own department, scheming up ways to extract every penny they can ( eg. advance seat selection. $25....ching ching).

But what this guy did was illegal! He deserves for all the rightous to come on here and publically pillar him. It is fun , isn’t it? To tell the world what a scumbag he is. It has to make you feel better about yourself.

My rant for the day...feel free to attack me for expressing an opinion contray to the holier than thou group.
EXACTLY what I have been thinking. This guy is like Robin Hood. So what if you guys don't like him. The perfidious way the airlines deploy all the means at their disposal to suck dollars out of thin air- amounts to the financial equivalent of criminal buggery. Finally someone gives a corporation a taste of their own medicine and you sheep all fall in line to excoriate him. Screw you guys. I agree with Trey Kule (this time)
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