RCMP at the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) have wrapped up two separate fraud investigations involving false baggage claims.
One Edmonton man was charged with one count of fraud over $5,000 while another Edmonton man was charged with one count of fraud under $5,000.
The first alleged incident happened on Sept. 26, 2016. Video footage showed a man returning from Hamilton retrieving two pieces of luggage from the carousel, only moment’s later attending the WestJet counter to claim those bags went missing with over $5,000 worth of merchandise inside. Hussein Zeitoun, 27, is due in court Thursday in Leduc.
The second alleged incident happened on Nov. 27, 2016. Again, video surveillance showed a man returning from Los Angeles grabbing his luggage, departing the airport with the bags to only come back moments later to attend the WestJet counter claiming his bags were missing with over $2,000 inside. Samy Hanna, 63, is due in Leduc court on Mar. 23.
“Airline investigators and baggage specialist’s work regularly with law enforcement and the EIA to conduct investigations into fraudulent baggage claims,” said Constable Drew Burchett of the Edmonton International Airport RCMP detachment. (bw)