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Airline service worker sentenced in ticket scheme

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former airline service worker has been sentenced to one year in federal prison for creating airline tickets for people who didn't exist, then rebating the costs to himself and another person.Twenty-four-year-old Jared R. Phillips of Charleston was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Charleston on a wire fraud charge. He also was ordered to pay restitution.
Prosecutors say Phillips worked for Regional Elite Airline Services. The company provides airport ground handling and customer services for airlines nationwide.Phillips admitted using an airline reservation system at Yeager Airport to create vouchers using fake passenger names, passport numbers and dates of birth. He would then rebate the tickets' costs to credit and debit cards for himself and an associate.Prosecutors say the amount rebated totaled more than $110,000.
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