Former WestJet worker faces fraud, theft charges
A former WestJet employee has been charged in connection with a $250,000 travel credit fraud scheme.
Members of Calgary’s financial team within Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) launched an investigation in July 2015 after WestJet conducted its own internal investigation into the matter.
Police allege that between 2012 and 2015, while employed with WestJet, the man fraudulently issued more than $250,000 worth of WestJet travel credits, which have a point value and can be used toward a trip.
“We believe he was funnelling these through a third party and was also using a fictitious account to deposit these credits into,” ALERT spokesman Mike Tucker said. “In turn, they were being sold by a third party.”
The points were sold through some sort of “small network of individuals who were connected in some way,” Tucker said.
It’s alleged the employee was receiving payment of some sort for providing these credits, he added.
Terance Gough, 43, turned himself into police Tuesday and was charged with fraud and theft over $5,000.
“No guests or other WestJet employees were affected. As this matter is before the courts, WestJet will not be providing further comment,” a company spokesperson said, adding Gough no longer works at the airline.
Tucker said ALERT is still investigating the third party to see if charges will be laid.
He added investigators have spoken with some people who used some of the fraudulent travel credits, either knowingly or unknowingly, but they won’t be charged.