HOUSTON (CN) – Continental Airlines claims nine pilots got “sham divorces” from their wives to get their retirement money paid in lump sums to the women without retiring, and without really intending to split up.
In its federal claim, Continental says, “As a consequence, each of the Defendant-Pilots either has been involuntarily terminated from employment by Continental for misconduct or has retired.”
In a footnote, Continental adds: “The one exception is Defendant Robert Duboise, who recanted his fraud and signed an agreement to make restitution to the Plan (and consequently was reinstated to active employment). Mr. Duboise has failed to satisfy his promise to return the distribution paid to his spouse by the Plan, and so has been joined as a defendant herein.”
Continental is represented by W. Carl Jordan.