Southwest Airlines employee accused of issuing $200K in gift cards to himself

Southwest Airlines employee accused of issuing $200K in gift cards to himself

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Southwest Airlines passenger planes are seen at Chicago's Midway Airport in Illnois May 31, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 9:55 AM

DALLAS -- A Southwest Airlines worker is facing a theft charge after being accused by authorities of reissuing more than $200,000 worth of his company's gift cards to himself.

The Dallas Morning News reports that investigators allege Christopher Olivas used some of the 457 gift cards to buy flights for friends and sold some on gift card trading sites.

Olivas is free on $5,000 bond. Court records did not list an attorney for him.

According to an arrest affidavit, Olivas at one point worked for the airline's finance department, where he was to detect and investigate fraud.

Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said the airline is "fully cooperating" with the Dallas police investigation.

The 43-year-old Olivas was hired in February 2011. Eichinger could not say whether Olivas still works for the airline.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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