Man gets prison term for scamming air charter firm

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say a Florida man is headed to prison for posing as a high-level executive with a financial firm to improperly obtain charter jet flights and limo rides.

Dante Dixon, a 46-year-old Miami resident who also lives in Akron, Ohio, received a 37-month sentence Tuesday. That term will run consecutively to a one-year sentence he received for violating his supervised release in another case.

Dixon also must pay $220,957 in restitution and will serve three years of supervised release once he's freed from prison. He had pleaded guilty last December to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Prosecutors say Dixon and others conspired to fraudulently obtain at least three flights last year through Jet Aviation, a major business aviation provider based at Teterboro Airport. They paid for the flights by tapping into a sham $350,000 line of credit issued by the company.

The scheme unraveled when a Jet Aviation employee contacted the unnamed company where the conspirators supposedly worked and learned that neither man was employed by the firm. Officials said Jet Aviation was never paid for nearly $176,000 in charter flights and limousine services it provided.

Federal prosecutors said the conspirators also used their fake corporate credentials at a "luxury service providers" in Florida. They allegedly charged about $20,000 in watches, sunglasses, sterling silver and leather business card holders, and men's cologne from Tiffany, and about $25,500 in overnight hotel stays