Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 01/22/2013 06:49:09 PM PST
San Bernardino International Airport officials are negotiating with two companies to extend their lease agreements and also preparing to launch a marketing campaign in hopes of attracting a tenant for a hangar previously occupied by a corporate jet refueling facility.
In October, a federal bankruptcy court judge dismissed two bankruptcy cases filed on behalf of Norton Property Management Services LLC, a company managed by embattled former airport developer Scot Spencer and T. Milford Harrison, the airport’s former executive director.
Judge Deborah Saltzman ordered Spencer and Harrison at the Oct. 19 hearing to immediately surrender to the San Bernardino International Airport Authority more than a half dozen buildings and hangars leased by their companies, which are now part of an FBI investigation into allegations of bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and fraudulent use of federal funds.
SBIA has severed its ties with Spencer and is working to maintain the business of Aviation & Defense Inc. and Aero Pro LLC, both of which have short-term leases on a total of four bays at the airport’s largest hangar, said A.J. Wilson, the airport’s interim executive director.
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