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Ex-airport ground crew employee accused of fraud for upgrading tickets to first class

March 22, 2019

A 26-year-old Minnesota man who worked at the airport in Grand Island is accused of wire fraud for allegedly using his position to make unauthorized upgrades on tickets for himself and others.

A grand jury indicted Tyler R. Goehring, of Richfield, Minnesota, on suspicion of seven counts of wire fraud.

In court documents unsealed Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said between Nov. 4, 2016, and June 5, 2017, Goehring served as a “cross-utilized agent” for Trego-Dugan Aviation, which provides operations for American Airlines and Allegiant Airlines at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Russell alleged that Goehring used his access to terminal operations, including ticket sales and bookings, to upgrade tickets to first class for himself, his fiancée, friends and family members without paying the costs of the upgrades.

He said American Airlines suffered a loss of $44,666 as a result of the scheme.

If convicted, Goehring could get up to 20 years imprisonment for each count.