Charter Execs of TEB Crash Plead Not Guilty in Federal Court
As Reported By The Associated Press
Two officials of a Florida-based charter jet company charged in connection with a 2005 crash at Teterboro Airport pleaded not guilty in federal court on March 4.
Joseph Singh and Brien McKenzie were the first of six former officials of Fort Lauderdale-based Platinum Jet Management to make court appearances in New Jersey since being indicted last month. The remaining four are scheduled to be arraigned later this month.
Platinum is accused of repeatedly violating federal aviation rules and lying to federal investigators.Singh, who served as Platinum’s director of charters, and McKenzie, the company’s director of maintenance, each face one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Singh also faces four counts of making false statements.
U.S. Magistrate Patty Shwartz set bail for McKenzie at $350,000 and for Singh at $100,000, both secured by property. In a separate proceeding in front of U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., attorneys for both men entered not guilty pleas.
“My client is looking forward to being exonerated,” Mark Berman, representing McKenzie, said. Singh’s attorney, Mark Douglas, declined to comment.