Crime & Justice

California man sentenced in multimillion dollar airline fraud scheme

A Los Angeles man has been sentenced for trying to defraud Delta Airlines out of millions of dollars.
A Los Angeles man has been sentenced for trying to defraud Delta Airlines out of millions of dollars.
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Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say a California man has been sentenced in a conspiracy to defraud an airline out of more than $36 million.

Authorities say 62-year-old Michael Yedor of Los Angeles conspired with Paul Anderson, who was employed with Northwest Airlines since 1979 and began working as a manager for Delta in Minneapolis, Minnesota after the airlines merged.

Prosecutors say between at least 1999 and 2013, Yedor submitted fraudulent invoices on behalf of a company he purportedly owned for services that had never been provided. Prosecutors say Yedor sent invoices to Anderson, who was authorized to approve payments and was given a kickback.

Yedor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 23.