The recent JetLux indictment alleging over $2 million in credit card fraud may have been enabled by bargain hunting customers
Private jet charter brokers are often harangued for not having to disclose their mark-ups. The assertion is they are charging whatever the market will support, and savvy customers can negotiate better deals.
Several websites have launched in recent years connecting consumers directly with jet operators, ostensibly cutting out the middleman or at least the commissions. They claim to offer wholesale pricing making money via membership fees.
Of course, if you use them, you need to be experienced enough to know what questions you should be asking the operators to ferret out the flowers from the weeds.
One private jet charter operator force posted nine transactions for more than $440,000 over a span of over five weeks while another posted fraudulent charges more than three months apart
In the recent indictment against private jet charter broker Tomer (Tom) Osovitzki covering his tenure as CEO of Jetlux, the names of all of his alleged victims, including 15 different private jet charter operators and at least one National Basketball Association team were redacted.
While indictments often redact names to protect victims, they also redact names of persons or organizations that may still be under investigation and could be subject to future charges.
Private jet rental broker Tomer Osovitzki allegedly made over $2 million in fraudulent charges
Jetlux was named in a 2018 lawsuit by charter operator Silver Air suing Kim and Khloe Kardashian for $225,353 in unpaid charter bills
Tomer (Tom) Osovitzki, who served as chief executive officer of Florida-based private jet broker Jetlux from April 2015 through February 2019, was arrested in Aventura, Florida, in May for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.
According to just-released court documents received by Private Jet Card Comparisons, he was held in jail until mid-July when was transferred to house arrest after posting $500,000 bail
According to the charges brought by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, “As alleged, Tomer Osovitzki manipulated the approval system for credit cards to push charges through that he knew were unauthorized and would have been declined. Additionally, Osovitzki allegedly used his clients’ credit card account information to make unapproved charges. Now, Osovitzki and his company are grounded and he must answer for his crimes.”