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Police: Woman committed felonies by taking frequent flyer points

In New Hampshire, is the theft of frequent flier points from one's former employer a provable criminal act? The Manchester Police would answer affirmatively based on their arrest of a 36-year-old woman for felonies involving her alleged taking of two million airline points from her former employer. The authorities say that the value of the points equates to $300,000.

The precise details of how the accused may have carried out the alleged theft are not reported. In some way or another, she allegedly ended up with two million points that belonged to the employer. Authorities recently charged the Manchester woman with theft by unauthorized taking and other related offenses.

She had been an employee of the retail company Brookstone. The company accuses her of using the points after she left her job in 2013. One problem with the accusations is that it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove that the value of the points was $300,000.

One travel agent reports that the true value of that amount of points is more like $12,000. In addition, it may not be easy to prove that she did not accrue those points for herself or to her personal use based on her terms of employment with Brookstone. There is no accusation that the accused took the points after she left her employment. The allegations instead state that she actually used the points after leaving Brookstone.

It may be a fine line, but an experienced criminal defense attorney could make a strong case with that potential defense. In New Hampshire, anything stolen above the value of $500 is chargeable as grand larceny theft. It appears that the several charges against the accused are felonies carrying serious criminal penalties. An aggressive criminal defense could potentially be successful, depending on the detailed facts that are revealed as the case moves forward.

Source: loyaltylobby.com, "New Hampshire Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing $300,000 Worth Of Delta Miles From Ex Employer", Sebastian Powell, Nov. 22, 2017

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