Tuesday police arrested a woman they said used her position as a cruise line employee to book more than 100 free cruises that she then sold for personal profit.
According to investigators, Magdalena Moya, 53, a former employee for Royal Caribbean-Celebrity Cruises International, accessed the company’s computerized reservation system database and, without authorization from RC-CL, booked more than 100 free passages.
Investigators said that Moya then designated the bookings as comped and/or too-be-announced. They said that passengers would then pay Moya at a reduced rate using The Friends & Family fare program.
According to police, instead of giving the passenger payments to RC-CL, Moya deposited the proceeds from the transactions into her personal bank accounts.
The total loss to the cruise line in this case exceeds $500, 000, according to police, who called the year-long investigation, Knot Fare.
Moya is charged with organized fraud, offenses against computer users, grand theft and money laundering with unlawful proceeds.
A Royal Caribbean Spokesperson released the following statement:
Å“Royal Caribbean does not tolerate any form of criminal activity in its workforce or operations. This is a situation involving a person who appears to have taken advantage of their position for personal gain. We will continue to work closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorneys Office to ensure an effective prosecution, to the fullest extent of the law.Â