Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/19/2012 03:13:04 PM PDT
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge on Friday evicted embattled San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer from his remaining hangar and office space after Spencer let the liability insurance policies on his companies lapse.
Judge Deborah J. Saltzman dismissed Spencer’s two bankruptcy cases involving Norton Property Management Services LLC and SBD Airport Services LLC. Both companies are co-managed by former airport executive director T. Milford Harrison.
Saltzman’s order requires Spencer to immediately surrender the premises his two companies now occupy – more than a half-dozen buildings and hangars – to the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, or SBIAA, the airport’s oversight agency.
“(Spencer) no longer has any rights to occupy any facility at the airport,” said A.J. Wilson, the airport’s interim executive director.
Spencer and airport operations were heavily criticized by last year’s Grand Jury, and the FBI raided the airport in September 2011, stuffing a U-Haul truck with boxes of documents.
Federal investigators are looking into allegations of bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and fraudulent use of federal funds, as well as Spencer’s ties to various individuals currently and formerly associated with the airport.
The SBIAA hired Spencer in 2005 and gave him full control of airport development, despite knowing he was a convicted felon who spent more than four years in federal prison for taking kickbacks and illegally operating a Florida airline that was in bankruptcy protection.
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