NEW ORLEANS, (BRPROUD) – Louisiana Eastern District U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announces verdict of Pernell Anthony Jones, 31, of Kenner, Louisiana, who pleaded guilty to multiple conspiracy violations for the purpose of committing mail fraud claiming the loss of airline baggage.
Jones has a sentence set for February 24, 2021.
For each account, Jones faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in person or a fine of $ 250,000 for up to three years of supervised release and a mandatory specialty assessment fee of $ 100.
Advocacy documents indicate that Jones conducted commercial flights around 2015 using false identities and ID cards. He would then arrive at his airline destination claiming the lost baggage and requesting reimbursement.
Jones’ accomplices also assisted with the schemes and submitted more than 180 false statements to commercial airlines, including American, Alaska, Southwest, United and JetBlue.
Airlines paid Jones $ 300,000 for fraudulent lost baggage claims, after more than $ 550,000 was claimed for reimbursement according to the court document.
Timeline leading up to Jones’ guilty plea and arrest.
- In 2018, Jones was arrested at Dallas Love Airport on his way to the Transportation Security Administration security check in possession of 36 fraudulent driver’s licenses and 47 credit cards with fake names.
- On March 5, 2020, Jones was arrested again while collecting a refund check for a fraudulent baggage claim at Louis Armstrong International Airport.
- March 5, 2020 Law enforcement also searched Jones’ home and discovered 34 fraudulent driver’s licenses; 21 fake work ID cards and several airline employee badges with his photo on them.
Court documents have concluded that Jones is in violation of Title 18, Section 1349 of the United States Code and Mail Fraud in violation of Title 18, Section 1341 of the United States Code.