The owners and an employee of a Woodland Hills travel agency were sentenced to prison Tuesday for defrauding American Airlines of more than $1.3 million through a frequent flier program scheme, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said.
James Robert Winkleman, 35, of Agoura Hills, owner of the North Ranch Travel Agency, was sentenced to four years and fined $250,000. His partner, Philip Ross Rinker, 35, of Agoura Hills was sentenced to two years and fined $15,000.
Brenton Neil Mullins, 29, of Playa Del Rey, a company employee, was sentenced to 21 months and fined $5,000.
The men were convicted in October on several felony counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and use of fictitious names in a fraud.
The charges stemmed from their use of the travel agency's computer to manipulate American Airlines flight records and obtain more than 564 tickets through the frequent flier program, Assistant U.S. Atty. Gary Lincenberg said.