http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,7081024%255E421,00.html 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 account. 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. - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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