Japan bases bar man for alleged airline ticket fraud

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Suspected con artist George Gucci is pictured in this alert posted to Facebook by United States Army Garrison Japan. Gucci is alleged to have bilked U.S. military families in Japan out of more than $20,000 for airline tickets that were never provided. (Web screenshot)
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Suspected con artist George Gucci is pictured in this alert posted to Facebook by United States Army Garrison Japan. Gucci is alleged to have bilked U.S. military families in Japan out of more than $20,000 for airline tickets that were never provided. (Web screenshot)

Japan bases bar man for alleged airline ticket fraud

by: Seth Robson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: June 25, 2016

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Military police say an alleged con artist appears to have bilked U.S. military families on four bases in Japan out of more than $20,000 for airline tickets that were never provided.

George Gucci, a 6-foot, 225-pound weightlifter who sometimes worked out at Yokota’s on-base gym and had a concession to sell furniture at Yokota Air Base last year, has been barred from all U.S. military facilities in Japan, according to a fraud alert released by Camp Zama officials this week that asks people to keep a lookout for him.

“Mr. Gucci has advertised himself online, including Facebook, as an agent that can purchase reduced air fare tickets for Americans with U.S. Forces in Japan. He has listed himself as the Customer Account Manager with `Pacific West Flight,’ a fictional company,” the alert states.

Alleged victims at Yokota, Camp Zama, Atsugi and Yokosuka have been posting warnings about Gucci in online forums since last summer.

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