Michael Yedor and Paul Anderson have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that they participated in a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines of millions of dollars. Yedor was arrested in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the indictment, and other information presented in court: Anderson had been an employee of Northwest Airlines since 1979. In 2008, Delta Airlines purchased Northwest. The two airlines merged into a single company in December 2009, at which time Anderson became an employee of Delta working in its Minneapolis, Minn., office.
The indictment alleges that, from at least 2004 through 2013, Anderson was involved with Yedor in a scheme to defraud Northwest and, later, Delta, by submitting numerous false invoices on behalf of a company, Airborne Voice and Data, purportedly owned by Yedor. The invoices sought payment from the airlines for goods provided and services supposedly rendered by Airborne Voice and Data, when in fact, both Anderson and Yedor knew that Yedor’s company had not provided any such goods or services.
The indictment also alleges that Yedor sent the invoices to Anderson to be approved. Anderson approved the fraudulent invoices, which caused the airlines to issue payments to Airborne Voice and Data. In exchange for approving each of the invoices, Anderson received a portion of the proceeds of the fraud. The indictment alleges that Yedor and Anderson caused Northwest and Delta to issue approximately $22 million in payments to Airborne on the basis of the false invoices between 2004 and 2013.
Yedor, 62, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Anderson, 57, of Apple Valley, Minn., were indicted on June 10, 2014, and have each been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and ninety-six counts of mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed after Yedor’s arrest on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.“The longevity and scope of the scheme to defraud Delta is simply astonishing,” said Yates in a release. “The indictment is an important first step in finally bringing these defendants to justice after so many years of engaging in fraud.”