Former British Airways Executive Indicted in $5 Million JFK Procurement Scandal

By Paul Riegler on 19 November 2019
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DSC_0339 (1)A former British Airways executive who was responsible for the airlines’ operations in the Americas took more than $5 million in bribes to award ground service business at the airline’s New York hub, the New York Attorney General’s Office said in a statement announcing the indictment on Tuesday.

Steven Clark, who was with British Airways for over 30 years and serving most recently as senior vice president for customer service and operations, where he was responsible for overseeing all airport customer service and operations in the Americas, Caribbean, South Asia and the Pacific, and Jeff Kinsella, who previously served as the CEO of Ground Services International, were both charged in the indictment with participating in a pay-for-play scheme in which Clark accepted bribes to help Kinsella’s company win contracts, the AG said.

The charges were announced by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, and arose from “Operation Greased Runway,” a probe into contracting and procurement at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Both men were charged with bribery and money laundering, and arraigned before a New York state judge in Queens.

Between 2011 and 2016, Kinsella allegedly paid more than $5 million to Clark for the purpose of influencing his conduct as it related to his position at British Airways, according to court filings and statements made by prosecutors. Payments were concealed from the airline with fake invoices and some payments were laundered through companies that the two defendants created for that sole purpose.

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