US Government Decides Not to Appeal Fuel Trader's Sentence As Revealed in Recent Statuss Magazine Interview with Paul Wilkinson

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Statuss Magazine has learned in a recent interview that in August of 2010 the US Government discontinued its efforts to appeal the sentence of FERAS co-founder Paul Wilkinson (Reference Case # WMN-07-0570, United States District Court, District of Maryland)

In August, 2010, the US Government decided not to appeal the sentence of FERAS co-founder Paul Wilkinson. The monetary portion of the sentence was limited to the amount of $21,463 in restitution to be paid by Wilkinson to competing fuel trading company AVCARD as compensation for lost salary payments made to AVCARD's employee, Matthew Bittenbender.

"I was very happy with the Government's decision to finally put this case to rest, allowing me to move on with building EVO Jet Services unimpeded by litigation," Wilkinson told Statuss Magazine, in an interview this week.

Charges were originally filed against Mr. Wilkinson, his partner Chris Cartwright and their companies, Aero Control and FERAS, in 2008 in the United States District Court in Baltimore in connection with bid consultation services rendered to them by AVCARD employee Bittenbender.

In reaffirming his sentencing decision, Judge William Nickerson stated : “My conclusion was simply that the Government’s proof fell short of its burden for the lack of supporting and credible underlying evidence, be it documentary or live testimony.”

The government dismissed the charges completely against Wilkinson’s company, FERAS, in June of 2010, and the court vacated all charges against Mr. Cartwright in October of 2011.

Transcripts of the court proceedings may be obtained directly from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division in Baltimore.

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