A San Bruno man recently arrested for selling fake plane tickets on Craigslist allegedly scammed folks looking for a travel deal.
Pascal Christian Chaubard, 47, was arrested in December. Thirty-five victims complained that he advertised on Craigslist that he knew airline workers and could get cheaper flights than what major airlines provided. After taking the victims’ money for the tickets, he canceled the reservations but did not return the money, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
“Since you can make your reservation without paying for a few days, people would see their itinerary, forget about it and then when it came time to fly they wouldn’t have a ticket,’’ said Josh McFall, a detective with the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team — a law enforcement group that serves San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.
Chaubard plead not guilty to more than 50 felony counts in relation to the case and could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Internet crime is an ongoing problem on the Peninsula. And since many criminals rely on the fact that some credit card companies don’t investigate fraud complaints valued at less than $10,000, it’s harder to catch them, he said.