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Man Could Face More Than Two Decades Behind Bars For Scam At South Coast Airport

A Ventura County man could face more than two decades behind bars after prosecutors say he entered guilty pleas to charges of running a scam at a South Coast Airport.

Ventura County prosecutors say Charles Samuel Smith helped a victim reach a deal for long term airport hangar leases at Camarillo Airport. But, investigators say he then forged the victim’s signature and re-leased the hangars, keeping more than $780,000 he collected. The 67 year old Camarillo man entered guilty pleas to 18 felony charges, including forgery, grand theft, and money laundering counts.

He could face more than 22 years in prison when he’s sentenced in October.

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