CONCORD – Hayder Lefta, 24, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to six counts of access device fraud, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, while working as a customer service representative at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in 2018 and 2019, Lefta copied the credit card numbers of customers he served at the airport. He then used those credit card numbers, without authorization, to purchase airline flights and meals for himself and for friends, to pay for hotels for his personal leisure travel, and for other personal expenses.
Lefta is scheduled to be sentenced on August 17, 2021. The defendant’s plea agreement requires him to pay restitution to the victims of the offense.
“Crimes that involve the theft of credit card numbers or other personal information have serious consequences for their victims,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “In order to seek justice for victims, we will work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute those who commit fraud crimes.”
“This individual stole customer information he was entrusted with safeguarding through his employment to commit fraud, stealing from unsuspecting members of the public. Homeland Security Investigations takes financial fraud schemes seriously and is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to investigate and seek prosecution,” said acting Special Agent in Charge William S. Walker for the Homeland Security Investigations Boston field office.
This matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the Londonderry Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgiana L. MacDonald.