Scales of Justice

By Lori Fowler, The Sun
Posted: 12/11/13, 1:15 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> One of two men accused of trying to bilk the San Bernardino International Airport out of more than $1 million pleaded not guilty Wednesday to added counts against him.

In addition to two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, Felice Luciano now faces three misdemeanor counts of concealing the source of campaign contributions, said Deputy District Attorney Robert Brown.

Luciano is essentially accused of funneling money to someone else through a third party, Brown said.

According to the amended criminal complaint: “On or about October 28, 2009, through October 30, 2009, the crime of Concealing Source of Campaign Contributions, a misdemeanor, was committed by Felice G. Luciano, who did unlawfully make a contribution on behalf of another, or while acting as the intermediary or agent of another, while failing to disclose to the recipient of the contribution both his own full name and street address, occupation, and the name of his employer or his principal place of business, and the full name and street address, occupation, and the name of employer, if any, or principal place of business if self-employed, of the other person.”

The prosecutor said he could not elaborate about the new charges, which were filed in October.

The amended complaint did not change anything for co-defendant Scot Spencer, the former airport developer who has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a crime, two counts of perjury and one count of preparing false evidence.

Luciano and Spencer were present and out of custody at Wednesday’s hearing in San Bernardino Superior Court. They are scheduled to be back in court on Feb. 13.

Brown said he presented about 4,000 pages of evidence to the defense Wednesday and that there were still thousands of pages he needed to go through.

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