San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos in front of the microphones.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 11:45 a.m.
The high-profile case against the former operator of the San Bernardino International Airport and a business associate has quietly sailed away in the dark of night last month.
Airport Developer Scot Spencer and business associate Felice Luciano are now free and clear of a series of charges filed by San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos for allegedly defrauding the Airport Authority of $1.75 million.
Last month both men saw final dispositions in their charges, with a significantly reduced outcome than what was advertised by Ramos.
Spencer pleaded guilty to a single charge of Revenue and Taxation Code section 19706 – Submitting Fake Bank Records/Unfiled Tax Returns/Evading Taxes, a felony.
He received credit for time served of 42 days. (21 actually served/21 half-time credit). He also received 1-day felony probation.
You heard it hear first. That’s O-N-E day!
Luciano had pleaded no-contest to multiple misdemeanor counts for violating Government Code section 84302 – Failing to Disclose Management/Employer Relationship. But Luciano’s plea and conviction didn’t last long.
Superior Court records show Luciano’s guilty plea has been withdrawn and all charges dismissed.
Luciano’s 1-year probation was terminated early.
The case is one in a series of high-profile press conference-driven prosecutions built out of a proverbial house of cards.
In a March 25, 2013 press conference, Ramos said the following about the case: “It’s an unconscionable crime – morally, ethically and now it’s reached to a criminal level.”
Special Agents from the Federal Bureau Bureau (FBI), who was involved in the case at the onset and deferred to Ramos’ office, must be scratching their heads right about now.
To read 2013 coverage in The Press-Enterprise, click here.