AVIATION LAW I FRAUD I BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY I BUSINESS LITIGATION I Usurped Meaning I Corporate Breach I Director Fiduciary: De Facto Director of Aviation Corporation Breaches Fiduciary Duties and Usurps Corporate Opportunity
March 19, 2021
On January 31, 2008, a petition was filed for an involuntary chapter 7 bankruptcy case for debtor, Jet Network, LLC (the “Jet Network Bankruptcy Case”). Jet Network, LLC founded in 2001, was an aviation entity in the business of brokering and assisting customers in obtaining private air transportation in exchange for a fee. In early 2005 the aviation entity expanded its practices and began to offer customers a “Flight Card Program” in which customers entered into written contracts with Jet Network LLC to prepay private jet travel hours.
Shortly after launching the Flight Card Program, some of the owners at Jet Network formed a new aviation entity, Jet First, Inc and they were engaged in a similar business of chartering, maintaining and operating private aircrafts for hire. The idea was to have synergy between these two companies in which Jet Nework provided marketing services to attract customers, while Jet First provided the chartered fleet, services and operations.
Towards the end of 2005 Jet First acquired assets and operations from a bankrupt aviation corporation with offices in Nevada and California. Shortly thereafter an individual (“Fraudulent Investor”) whom was an owner in both aforementioned aviation entities, purchased his own Gulfstream IV Jet from Citibank and placed the Gulfstream with Jet First for chartering services.
During this time the Fraudulent Investor operated as the de facto director and officer of the two aviation entities and began to diverge funds owed to the two aviation entities to Merrill Lynch with the intention to fund a new personal business venture. In a mere nine-month period the Fraudulent Investor improperly diverged $1,422,384.42 of funds through numerous fraudulent transfers. The aviation entities were soon unable to pay their debts and found themselves in a financial crisis. Given that revenues were never paid to the aviation entities, and funds were wrongfully diverted to a third party, in lieu of collecting on his note, the Fraudulent Investor acquired a super majority equity ownership interest in both Jet First and Jet Network.
In re JET NETWORK, LLC, Debtor (BK Case No: 08-11165-BKC-RAM; ADV. NO. 10-02701-RAM) ALAN GOLDBERG, Chapter 7 Trustee for the estate of Jet Network, LLC, Trustee, vs. MERRILL LYNCH & CO., INC., THOMAS JAMES SEGRAVE, SEGRAVE AVIATION, INC. a/k/a SEGRAVE AVIATION Defendants.
In this case, the Fraudulent Investor, faced allegations of fraud because he utilized his equity interest in both aviation entities for his personal benefit and to the detriment of the entities. Given his fraudulent and self-serving actions the fraudulent investor faced the aforementioned counts.
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