First Gov. Rick Scott had to deal with Satanists holding a rally supporting him for a law which would allow Satanic prayers in school. Now a company heavily praised and touted by Gov. Scott for bringing jobs into Florida was charged with grand theft on Monday by the State Attorney's Office.
Vision Airlines was one of Gov. Scott's first major jobs announcements after taking office in January 2011. The company was supposed to generate revenues for the Panhandle region and add 4,200 jobs to a state with above-average unemployment at the time.
Now the company has been charged with stealing tax revenues in excess of $150,000 from the sale of tickets. Many of the promised jobs never materialized and a proposed flight route was cancelled almost immediately after Gov. Scott's announcement.
Federal rules require airlines to collect fees and pay them to the county within 30 days of a ticket being sold. Under the agreement between Oskaloosa County and Vision Airlines, $4.39 was allotted to the county and $0.11 remained with the airline.
Oskaloosa County officials reached a deal with Vision in December for a repayment plan, but the firm has failed to repay as agreed to. The State Attorney's Office filed charges seeking the full repayment of owed fees.
Vision Airline may still face criminal charges even after repayment of the owed fees.
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