DaJuan Martin is charged with 12 counts of wire fraud, while co-defendant Ned Brooks, who allegedly requested and bought the vouchers at below their stated value, is charged with four counts of wire fraud.
Federal prosecutors allege that Martin, who worked at Southwest from November 2018 to June 2022, used his employee credentials to create fake customer names and generate fake travel vouchers of the kind Southwest issues to customers who have experienced delays, cancellations, and other unfortunate circumstances.
Martin then sold the vouchers — known as Southwest Luv Vouchers — at a below-market price to Brooks and others, who weren't entitled to them, without Southwest's knowledge or permission, according to the indictment.
The indictment estimates this went on for about five months, from around February 2022 to around June 2022, and that Martin generated vouchers worth a total of more than $1.87 million.
An arraignment has been scheduled for June 20.
"Mr. Martin is a wonderful family man, who has young children and he is loved by all who know him," Jonathan Bedi, Martin's lawyer, told Insider in an email. "He is looking forward to his day in court."
John Legutki, Brooks's lawyer, declined to comment. Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.