A Craigslist con who duped 33 people into buying fake airline tickets may soon learn how much he’ll have to pay back to his victims.
In October, Pascal Christian Chaubard, 48, of San Bruno, was sentenced to four years in state prison after pleading no contest to the scam.
His restitution hearing was scheduled for Friday, but was continued to April 8, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Between 2007 and 2009, the French national posted ads on Craigslist hawking cheap airline tickets, saying he knew airline workers and could offer bargain flights.
Buyers gave cash or sent checks to Chaubard, a former employee of an unnamed airline that had fired him. But buyers either got no ticket in return or were duped into believing their reservations were legit, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
“Since you can make your reservation without paying for a few days, people would see their itinerary, forget about it and then when it came time to fly they wouldn’t have a ticket,” said Josh McFall, a detective with the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team — a law enforcement group that serves San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.
In some cases he would provide victims with tickets purchased with stolen credit card and account information, authorities said. He would steal the information from his former employer, the said.
Chaubard would cancel reservations but would not return the money buyers had given him, officials said.
The fake airline agent developed quite a reputation online, where victims would post warnings about his scams.