Florida Federal Judge signs order setting the Trial for former EZ Jet CEO Sonny Austin Ramdeo – 9th Jan 2013
A Florida Federal Judge has signed an order setting the Trial for former EZ Jet CEO, Sonny Austin Ramdeo, who stands accused of wire fraud in the US. The Trial has been set for March, 11 this year, in West Palm Beach Federal Court.
Ramdeo was transferred from the New York jurisdiction where he was arrested for using payroll funds from a Florida based healthcare provider, Promise Health Care, to underwrite his EZjet operations. When he last appeared in court in Florida, Ramdeo waived the formal reading of the complaint against him and entered a not-guilty plea to the charges. The Judge ordered that each side, the prosecution and defence, should make available to each other, whatever evidence has come in the case so far. Since then Ramdeo’s court appointed attorney has indicated that his client would maintain his silence on the issue. The next status conference will be on February 4th.
Ramdeo, while running the upstart airline EZjet, was repeatedly questioned by the Guyana-based press about the source of his financing. He contended that he had unnamed investors and used money from his personal investments and retirement funds. The local authorities appear to accept his explanation and just allowed him to lodge a bond with the Guyana Government. When the US Department of Transportation shut down his operation, the Guyana Government followed suit and closed down the airline here, leaving several passengers stranded