3 Plead Guilty in Black Market Travel Scheme

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three more people have pleaded guilty in Missouri to their roles in a nationwide scheme that used stolen credit card numbers to buy plane tickets that later were sold at deep discounts.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Waiki Pryor of Richmond, Calif., 36-year-old Norman Johnson of Inglewood, Calif., and 34-year-old Edwon Simmons of Chicago entered their pleas Thursday in federal court in Kansas City.

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips says all three pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Pryor and Simmons also pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft, and Simmons to making false statements to federal agents.

The men were among 38 people charged in six indictments related to the scheme. Phillips says 29 have now pleaded guilty.

Phillips’ office says 30-year-old Steven Palmer of Philadelphia was expected to plead guilty on Friday.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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