Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ohio man admits scamming New Jersey-based air charter firm

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say an Ohio man has admitted posing as a high-level executive with a financial firm to improperly obtain charter jet flights and limo rides.

Christopher Henderson pleaded guilty Thursday to a complaint charging him with wire fraud. The 32-year-old Akron resident faces up to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced April 15.

Prosecutors say Henderson and others conspired last year to fraudulently obtain at least three flights between May and June through Jet Aviation, a major business aviation provider based at Teterboro Airport. They paid for the flights by tapping into a sham $350,000 line of credit issued by the company.

The scheme unraveled in June, when a Jet Aviation employee contacted the unnamed company where the conspirators supposedly worked and learned that neither man was employed by the firm. Officials said Jet Aviation was never paid for nearly $176,000 in charter flights and limousine services it provided.

Federal prosecutors said the conspirators also used their fake corporate credentials at a Tiffany store in Florida and at a Miami hotel. They allegedly charged about $20,000 in watches, sunglasses, sterling silver and leather business card holders, and men's cologne from Tiffany, and about $25,500 in overnight hotel stays.


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