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February 5, 2023

Man Who Lived Out Fantasy of Screwing Over a Major Airline Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Paul Anderson, a former Delta Airlines employee, defrauded Northwest and Delta Airlines out of $36 million. In a just world, we would proclaim him a hero who sees the injustice of horrendous business practices and does right by all of us who have been fucked over by an airline.

Alas, we live in nation of laws that are designed to protect those who need protecting — corporations — and Mr. Anderson's efforts were not appreciated by Northwest/Delta or law enforcement:

Paul Anderson has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud Northwest and Delta Air Lines of more than $36 million. Anderson and his co-defendant Michael Yedor submitted false invoices to both airlines, for work that was not performed but was billed for by a company allegedly owned by Yedor.
 
“The defendant’s lucrative and long-running scheme came crashing down when Delta uncovered his deception and informed law enforcement,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn. “For more than a decade, Anderson used his position of trust within these airline companies to steal millions of dollars from the airlines for himself and a codefendant.”
Mr. Anderson — read it in the voice of Agent Smith — "had the authority to approve [the invoices] for payment" and then received a portion of the proceeds from Mr. Yedor. They pulled this off from 1999 to 2013; an impressive feat given the simplicity of the scam.
 
I'm can't help but feel immense conflict about this. Stealing is bad. But airlines are the worst.  

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