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Ohio Man Admits Defrauding Jet Aviation A Maintenance And Charter Flight Company

January 9, 2014 - A resident of Ohio admitted today to defrauding a charter flight company and other luxury brands of more than $100,000 worth luxury goods and services. Christopher L. Henderson, 32, of Akron, Ohio, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with wire fraud. 

From May through June 2013, Henderson and others conspired to fraudulently obtain at least three private charter flights from Jet Aviation, an international business aviation services company, with U.S. headquarters in Teterboro, New Jersey, which provides charter flight services.  

Henderson and others also conspired to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in other luxury goods and services, all via sham lines of credit issued to a well-known financial institution, for the defendants’ and others’ use by misrepresenting that they were employees at the financial institution.


On May 5, 2013, an individual using the name “Josh Stevens” called Jet Aviation’s offices in Chicago, Illinois and Van Nuys, California, to inquire about its private charter flight services. That individual identified himself as being employed as a senior vice president at a well-known financial institution and provided an e-mail address purporting to be affiliated with the financial institution.

A Jet Aviation employee sent a draft Charter Services Agreement to the provided e-mail address. The agreement was signed by “Josh Stevens” and returned to Jet Aviation on May 9, 2013, falsely listing “Josh Stevens” as a senior vice president and Henderson as a vice president of international affairs at the well-known financial institution. The aviation company established an account and a line of credit for $350,000, which the defendants and others used to take four private charter flights.

As a result of their misrepresentations to Jet Aviation, Henderson and others fraudulently obtained private high-end charter flights and limousine car services, with a total approximate value of $175,790, for which Jet Aviation never received payment.



Henderson and others made similar misrepresentations about their purported employment at the financial institution to other luxury service providers and obtained approximately $20,000 in luxury watches, sunglasses, and sterling silver and leather business cardholders and incurred approximately $25,500 in hotel stays at a luxury hotel in Miami. 

As a result of the scheme, Henderson fraudulently obtained more than $135,000 in luxury goods and services. The wire fraud charge to which Henderson pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for April 15, 2014. Dante G. Dixon, a co-defendant in this case, pleaded guilty on December 17, 2013, to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Dixon’s sentencing is scheduled for April 23, 2013.

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