The Latest: Consultant's lawyer says he will fight charge

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Posted: Jul 14, 2016 3:37 PM
The Latest: Consultant's lawyer says he will fight charge

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey corruption investigation (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

An attorney for a former United Airlines lobbyist charged with conspiracy in a New Jersey airline case says he would never jeopardize his reputation by engaging in illegal behavior.

Jamie Fox was charged Thursday with conspiracy in a plot to help David Samson, the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports, to get a regular flight to Samson's vacation home.

Michael Critchley says that Fox was caught in the middle of an arrangement that he thought was appropriate.

Samson pleaded guilty Thursday.

Chicago-based United agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty and says it agreed to continue to enhance its compliance, anti-bribery and anti-corruption program.

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2:45 p.m.

United Airlines has agreed to pay a $2.25 million penalty for its role in a bribery scheme involving a public official who used his post to get the airline to provide direct service to his South Carolina vacation home.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman on Thursday said the airline has cooperated in the federal investigation that led the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports to plead guilty to a bribery charge.

David Samson, a mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, faces up to two years in prison for the so-called Chairman's Flight.

Prosecutors also filed conspiracy charges against a former United lobbyist, Jamie Fox. Fox, a Democrat, was later named state transportation commissioner by Christie.

His attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

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2:30 p.m.

A former high-ranking New Jersey official and airline lobbyist has been charged with conspiracy in a plot to help the former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports get a regular flight to his vacation home.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday that Jamie Fox was charged Thursday after former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson pleaded guilty in the case.

Fox was a lobbyist for United and was later appointed New Jersey's transportation commissioner by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

Fox's attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

Prosecutors say Samson conspired with Fox, who was then a United Airlines lobbyist, to get the Chicago-based airline to provide direct air service to Columbia, South Carolina.

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1:30 p.m.

The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports faces up to two years in prison after pleading guilty to using his post to get United Airlines to provide direct air service to make it easier to get to his vacation home.

David Samson, a mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, pleaded guilty Thursday to a corruption charge in federal court in New Jersey. He will be sentenced to between probation to 24 months in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.

Prosecutors say he illegally used his Port Authority of New York and New Jersey post to get Chicago-based United Airlines to provide direct air service to Columbia, South Carolina.

The money-losing flight was ended three days after Samson resigned. United's CEO resigned after an investigation into that service.

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1:15 p.m.

The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area airports has pleaded guilty to using his post to get United Airlines to provide direct air service to make it easier to get to his vacation home.

David Samson, a mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, pleaded guilty Thursday to a corruption charge in federal court in New Jersey.

Prosecutors say he illegally used his Port Authority of New York and New Jersey post to get Chicago-based United Airlines to provide direct air service to South Carolina.

The money-losing flight was ended three days after Samson resigned. United's CEO resigned after an investigation into that service.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the FBI and the Port Authority's inspector general plan a Thursday afternoon press conference.

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10 a.m.

The former chairman of the agency that controls New York City-area bridges, tunnels and airports has arrived at a New Jersey courthouse ahead of a planned court appearance and a news conference by federal investigators.

It's unclear what David Samson will do when he appears in a Newark courtroom Thursday.

The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey has been investigating whether Samson wrongfully used his Port Authority of New York and New Jersey post to get United Airlines to provide direct air service to South Carolina to make it easier to get to his vacation home.

United's CEO resigned after an investigation into that service.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, the FBI and the Port Authority's inspector general plan a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Samson is considered a mentor to Republican Gov. Chris Christie.