SAN BERNARDINO – Former airport developer Scot Spencer and one of his investors Felice G. Luciano was formally charged by San Bernardino District Attorney Michael Ramos of multiple counts of conspiracy and perjury in connection with the development of the San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) and related companies. Luciano classified as a co-conspirator is currently at large and wanted by law enforcement officials while Spencer was booked and charged.
“Thanks to the hard work of our investigators and partners at the FBI, we were able to take another step towards weeding out corruption in the county of San Bernardino,” District Attorney Michael Ramos said. “If you conspire to commit a crime against the citizens of this county, you will face serious consequences and be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The complaint alleges five felonies: Counts 1 and 2 include allegations that Spencer and Luciano conspired to commit the crime of Grand Theft (PC 487(a)) and presenting False Documents to Be Used in Evidence (PC 134). Spencer was also charged with two counts of Perjury Under Oath (PC 118) and one count of Preparing False Documentary Evidence (PC 134).
If convicted on all counts, both Spencer and Luciano face five years in state prison. A warrant of arrest was obtained Friday for Spencer and bail was set in the amount of $1,000,000. Spencer was arrested by District Attorney Investigators Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida.
Spencer, who was tasked with redeveloping the former Norton Air Force Base, is a convicted felon who previously served time in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud.
The investigation was handled by members of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who are both part of the Inland Regional Corruption Task Force (IRCTF), a special joint corruption task force set up in 2010 to address corruption allegations surfacing in San Bernardino County. The task force includes the district attorney's office, the FBI, the U.S. attorney's office and the California attorney general's office.
The criminal investigation is continuing.