Judge Orders Man To Pay $34,000 For Chartered Jet

The case goes back to November 2012 when William Conroy wrote a check to Universal Jet Aviation for $34,874, which was returned five days later for insufficient funds.


Jan. 28--A Fort Lauderdale man was arrested at the Boca Raton Airport on Monday and accused of not paying $34,000 for a private jet charter in 2012.

Tuesday morning, William Conway made his first appearance before a judge.

Conway faces a charge of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000.

"The best way to resolve this thing is to come up with the $34,000," Judge Joseph Marx told Conway, 56. "I'm giving you a little tip: come up with the $34,000 and this case will go away pretty quickly."

Marx ordered he post $17,500 bail before he be released.

The case goes back to November 2012 when Conroy wrote a check to Universal Jet Aviation for $34,874 for a private jet charter. Conroy also signed an agreement that he would fully satisfy any and all charges related to the charter if the check didn't clear, according to an arrest report.

About five days after Conroy took off, Universal Jet Aviation was notified that there were insufficient funds in the Citibank account. The company's attorney sent a letter to Conroy to pay the amount and Conroy said he'd pay it, but never did. Universal Jet Aviation finally contacted Boca Raton Police, according to the report, in January 2013, and said they were victims of fraud.

Police subpoenaed the bank and found that between October 2012 and January 2013 there was never any more than $500 in the account. Police tried locating Conway but didn't have any luck until Monday.

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