- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - In a story Sept. 23 about a public charter executive pleading guilty to conspiracy, The Associated Press, relying on information from prosecutors, erroneously reported the defendant’s age. Robert Keilman is 70, not 43.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Ex-charter flight firm executive pleads guilty to conspiracy

Ex-charter flight firm executive pleads guilty to conspiracy in scheme that netted millions

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former high-ranking executive with a South Carolina-based public charter operator has admitted using phony documents and inflated revenue figures to defraud a New Jersey bank and other financial institutions out of millions.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Robert Keilman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy charges. The 70-year-old Marlboro resident faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 6.

Keilman was the former chief financial officer and a founding member of Southern Sky Air & Tours. The now-defunct firm did business as Myrtle Beach Direct Air & Tours and was commonly referred to as Direct Air.

Keilman admitted that from 2010 through September 2011, he conspired with two Direct Air executives and others to engage in a “double-dipping” scheme in which they obtained the funds from the financial institutions.


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