Scot Spencer (KURT MILLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY KIMBERLY PIERCEALL
STAFF WRITER
kpierceall@pe.com

Published: 21 October 2011 04:56 PM

Scot Spencer, whose companies have developed, managed and leased space at San Bernardino International Airport and owed about $673,820 in rent as of early October, was evicted from at least one space he rents there on Thursday.

Spencer’s company Norton Property Management Services LLC had a short-term license agreement with the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, the public agency that owns the airport, to lease additional space in Hangar 763 at the former Norton Air Force Base. He sublet the space to Boeing so the aerospace company could test its 747-8 aircraft. More recently, his company SBAM Technics had been making fixes to a 757 aircraft.

Spencer’s company owed $74,828 for using the space since April, according to information sought from the department of finance.

Spencer, reached Friday by phone, said he wasn’t sure what had or hadn’t been paid and wouldn’t know for sure until he returned to his office. He said the license agreement was intended to expire in October, but his company couldn’t move the aircraft out of the space until both engines were reattached because while it was missing one, the plane’s center of gravity was affected and it may have toppled while being moved.

“I’m not sure exactly, without looking, what we’ve paid and when,” he said. “Whatever amount is due under the license agreement, we intend to pay.” He couldn’t say why the amounts hadn’t been paid.

As for other rent and payments his companies may owe, Spencer said they would be paid.

“We intend to meet all our obligations to the airport,” he said.

Spencer, convicted in the 1990s for bankruptcy fraud related to kickbacks he received from Braniff Airlines, was later banned from the aviation industry by the Department of Transportation after operating an unlicensed charter airline from San Bernardino airport. The FAA has said that his activities to build and manage the airport would not apply under the ban.

He has been a focus of an FBI-led investigation that has sought evidence of bribery, money laundering and fraud among other misdeeds at the airport based on Spencer’s relationships with key staff and contractors for the public agencies overseeing the airport, one public official and one of Spencer’s investors.

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