Police: 23-year-old used stolen credit card to book private jet
By John Soltes / Editor in Chief
TETERBORO (Oct. 27, 2010) — A 23-year-old Newark man was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 26 on allegations that he booked a private jet from Teterboro Airport to Los Angeles with a stolen credit card, according to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. Ralph D. Taylor, whose last known address was in Newark, was charged with theft of service, unauthorized use of a credit card and impersonation/identity theft.
On Oct. 30, 2009, Taylor reportedly contacted an airline flight brokerage that specializes in supplying private jets for celebrities and company executives. The victim of the case allegedly received a call from an individual identifying himself as Johnathan Stemler, who gave an address of Hill Street in Hoboken.
Stemler requested to book a round-trip flight from Teterboro to Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles. Information was exchanged via the Internet and contracts were signed, according to the authorities. An American Express card was allegedly given to secure the flight.
Later, Taylor and Wagens Jerome reportedly showed up at the airport on Oct. 31, 2009, at approximately 2 a.m. The victim was later informed that the American Express card was reported stolen from an individual in Cherry Hill, police said.
Taylor and Jerome, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office alleges, did not board a return flight from Los Angeles. The complainant came forward with the case on July 8 of this year.
Taylor is currently being held in the Manhattan Federal Correctional Center on unrelated federal charges. For the Teterboro-related charges, Taylor is being held on $50,000 bail with no 10-percent option.