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Man Charged With Fraud Banked 42 Million Delta Skymiles

Gennady Podolski earned and redeemed more than 42 million SkyBonus points, which Delta valued at $1.75 million. He illegally earned the miles via a program which lets businesses earn frequent-flyer points when their employees travel. Podoslsky, a managing partner of a Chicago travel agency, Vega International Travel Services, created a SkyBonus account for a fertility center owned by a relative of Vega's president. When Podolsky's customers flew Delta and booked through Vega Travel, he would enter the fertility center's SkyBonus information, even though the travelers were not employees of the fertility center and didn't have any connection to it, prosecutors said.

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