Feds Charge Air Ambulance Operator

 - December 15, 2006, 11:42 AM

Roy Horridge, owner and operator of grounded Houston-based Air Ambulance by B&C Flight Management, and William Sexton, a former officer with the company and aircraft mechanic, have been indicted for aircraft parts fraud and bank fraud. U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle last Friday unsealed a 12-count indictment against Horridge, 72, and Sexton, 65. Both men were arrested. The indictment alleges that from January 1998 through August 2004, Horridge and Sexton “conspired to submit false aircraft logbook entries as to repairs and maintenance of the B&C fleet for the purpose of deceiving the FAA” and others regarding the airworthiness and value of the aircraft, placing at risk pilots, crew and passengers. The FAA in 2004 revoked B&C’s air carrier certificate and grounded its fleet of eight aircraft, principally Learjets and two piston-powered Cessnas. The indictment also states that the defendants hid from a bank the fact of the FAA revocation to obtain loans of about $6.5 million. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum $250,000 fine and/or up to 10 years in prison.