[ISN] Qantas points scam found

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Date: Tue Sep 02 2003 - 06:15:16 PDT

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    By Caitlyn Fitzsimmons 
    27 August 2003
    EX-QANTAS employee Ferri Sutan Malik thought he had the perfect scam,
    but now he faces prison.
    For more than two years, he used his knowledge of the airline's
    computer system to steal almost 11 million frequent-flyer points and
    redeem them for $450,000 worth of flights.
    The 31-year-old quality assurance reviewer would search the Qantas
    booking system for flights from Hong Kong and Taipei - areas with low
    frequent-flyer membership - and find passengers without a nominated
    Malik would then contact Qantas pretending to be the passenger and ask
    for the points to be credited to one of several fraudulent accounts
    held in false names.
    Between 1999 and 2001, Malik redeemed about 230 reward flights -
    including overseas and business-class trips.
    Malik and his friends and family used many of the flights, while
    others were sold for a profit.
    Malik, of Kingsgrove, southwest Sydney, pleaded guilty before
    magistrate Daniel Reiss in Downing Centre Local Court yesterday to 24
    of 28 charges of obtaining benefit by deception.
    The maximum penalty is five years' jail.
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