EZjet boss, Sonny Ramdeo, who is battling in a Florida court for his freedom, will spend Christmas in jail knowing
that he has not been sentenced. That is because a court in Florida has agreed to allow his motion to hear the possibilities of him making restitution for the fraud he is accused of.
According to court proceedings filed, the hearing is expected on December 29.
Since being found guilty, Ramdeo has filed several motions and other appeals in an about-turn. He was set to be sentenced on Wednesday by Judge Kenneth Maria in a West Palm Beach Division Court.
Last year October, Ramdeo pleaded guilty to wire fraud. However, he subsequently recanted his plea on the ground that he was poorly represented. That led to him filing several motions to have his guilty plea overturned.
Judge Maria had accepted his appeal and appointed a public defender to represent the accused.
Ramdeo is alleged to have embezzled several million US dollars from a hospital chain with which he worked, and plugged some of it into EZjet, a charter that he ran from JFK airport to Guyana. The US Department of Transportation suspended the airline services in October 2012.
Ramdeo, in one petition to the Court, filed a motion seeking to have the court grant a 20-day extension to his sentencing.
According to Ramdeo, he has been representing himself for some time now, is without the adequate resources to properly file a reply, and further, is being held in oppressive incarceration at the Palm County Jail. He signaled his intention also to file a response to the government, but lamented that he is still awaiting access to the legal research from his country jail library.
Ramdeo contended that none of the attorneys that had represented him sought any independent discovery, nor did they compel the government to provide all materials available and based on recent filings with the court.
According to Ramdeo, he has been incarcerated for over two years and has no access to resources to get information needed to refute the government’s case.
Ramdeo has over the course of his incarceration, fired a number of defence attorneys as well as changed his plea on several occasions. He has already been found guilty of obstruction of justice, when on a previous occasion he attempted to change his plea.
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