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Feds: Washington travel agent stole airline miles

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013
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Yeakel's clients were not named in the court papers, but were described as "high net worth individuals." Bluhm declined to identify them.

"A handful of her top clients were affected, and those clients are still our clients," Bluhm said. "They realized that this was the action of a rogue employee. This was almost two years ago, and we dealt with it."

The company said in a statement that it was sorry for those cheated in the scheme.

"Upon discovering these personal activities Karen executed on her own, we fully cooperated with law enforcement officials to ensure justice is served," the statement said.

Yeakel began working at Stellar in 2003. The scheme to provide airline tickets purchased by some clients to other clients began by early 2005, the charging papers said, and the scheme to convert frequent flier miles to her own use began in 2008.

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