Ex-Continental agent guilty in ticket scam

September 22, 2008 6:24:10 PM PDT
A now-former Continental Airlines reservations agent faces prison over the issuance of more than 1,000 fraudulent tickets in a sales scam. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Monday announced a federal grand jury convicted 44-year-old Supanee "Tami" Morris of Houston.

Morris was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 10 counts of wire fraud.

The conspiracy conviction has a maximum prison term of five years. Each wire fraud conviction carries a maximum 20-year prison term. Each count also has a maximum fine of $250,000.

Sentencing is Dec. 12. Morris remains free on bond.

Prosecutors say Morris, in 2004 and 2005, manipulated the system to issue nearly $669,000 worth of fraudulent tickets. Continental security discovered the scam.

A co-defendant earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud.

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