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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/29/2013 10:01:07 AM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – Former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer pleaded not guilty Friday to criminal conspiracy and other charges during his arraignment via closed-circuit television in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Wearing orange jail scrubs and sitting before a video camera at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Spencer sat quietly while Judge Kenneth Barr entered the not guilty plea on his behalf.

Spencer, 48, is accused of bilking more than $1 million from taxpayers in a fraudulent claim against the San Bernardino International Airport Authority.

Barr set Spencer’s next court date for April 9 with a preliminary hearing on April 11.

Spencer is charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy, two counts of perjury, and one count of preparing false documentary evidence to the Grand Jury. A criminal defense attorney did not appear on his behalf Friday because Spencer has yet to retain or be assigned one, prosecutor Robert Brown said.

Spencer did not waive his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of his arraignment.

Spencer, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, and his business affiliate, Felice Luciano, were charged March 22 on suspicion of drafting a fraudulent charter jet lease agreement that Spencer presented to the San Bernardino Grand Jury in 2010 as part of an inquiry into suspected corruption at the airport.

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