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Ex-EZjet boss faces March trial

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jan 17, 2013

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Ex-EZjet boss faces March trial
Thursday, January 17, 2013


Deemed a flight risk, Sonny Ramdeo has been remanded back to prison after Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon ruled out the possibility of bail for the founder of the now defunct Guyanese airline EZjet.

The Guyana-born founder and former chief executive officer of the low-cost carrier faced Judge Brannon on January 14 in the Southern District Court of Florida, where Ramdeo is accused of three counts of wire fraud, totalling US$20 million.

In ordering Ramdeo to a corrections facility ahead of his trial, Brannon said: “The Court specifically finds that no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the Defendant’s appearance in court.”

“His dual citizenship and extensive travel history to an international destination where he maintains significant ties, combined with the circumstances of his arrest and the large sum of money that remains unaccounted for as a result of his alleged fraudulent scheme, all lead the Court to find the Defendant to be a flight risk,” he added.

The trial date is set for March 11.

The 35-year-old is accused of embezzling the money as early as 2005 from Promise Healthcare Inc. and Success Healthcare Group, where he worked as the payroll supervisor.

As the payroll supervisor for both companies, Ramdeo managed the payroll for more than 3,500 employees in hospitals nationwide.

Federal officials say Ramdeo incorporated PayServ Tax Inc., and told the hospital chains he would handle the transfer of local, state and federal payroll taxes to the proper agencies on their behalf. Instead, authorities say, he kept the money.

Ramdeo is being represented by a public defender, Attorney Robert Adler. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In October last year, Promise Healthcare filed a lawsuit accusing Ramdeo of embezzling more than US$5 million to keep his airline afloat. The airline collapsed last November after the lawsuit surfaced and Ramdeo resigned from EZJet, reportedly to devote time to defending himself against the suit. EZJet flew between Georgetown and New York and had just started a Toronto route before it had to be shut down after less than a year in operation.

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