State Drops Criminal Charges Against Vision Airlines

The 1st Judicial Circuit State Attorney told reporters his office had dropped the first-degree grand theft charge against the airline after it paid more than $160,000 in fines and fees to Okaloosa County.

The state filed the grand theft charge after the county tried unsuccessfully for months to get Vision to pay $117,660 in unpaid passenger facility charges owed to Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Also included in the $160,000 payments were late fees and the county’s legal fees.

Vision still owes the county about $35,000 from unpaid utilities, rent and fuel for its ground servicing equipment, as well as late fees.

Eddins said the charges could be refiled if Vision fails to cooperate in the TDC investigation, but added that he does not expect that to be an issue. He told reporters the airline has agreed to cooperate in the ongoing probe into the Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council.

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