Wanna Get Away? Couple Who Stole 5,000 Southwest Tickets Does

Posted February 25, 2008 by Zak Patten

Airfareeticketsdef_2 You have to hand it to them, they sure had gumption. I’m referring to San Antonio couple Althea and James Jackson, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Tuesday for stealing 5,600 tickets from Althea’s employer Southwest Airlines.

According to the AP, the tickets Althea Jackson stole “are normally given to inconvenienced passengers and vendors or to passengers who assist flight crews, such as by providing medical assistance during a flight.” I guess it wasn’t bad enough that she stole airline tickets, she took them from air industry victims and Good Samaritans.

Perhaps an even greater irony to this sad tale is the fact that James Jackson worked as bailiff at the Bexar County Justice Center. I guess the law didn’t have far to go to catch up with him. Incidentally, Jackson’s co-workers at the Justice Center were among his customers, as were the couple’s family and friends.

The Jacksons are facing a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, though their attorney predicts a much lighter sentence of about two-and-a-half years and a reduced fine. Considering the scam was worth as much as $1.8 million, these life-partners-in-crime might actually clear a profit.

Whatever time they end up serving, at least for a little while, they will not be “free to move about the country.”

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