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Passenger accuses private charter flight company of fraud, failure to refund


By Carrie Bradon | Oct 9, 2019

HOUSTON — A Harris County man is suing a private charter flight company, alleging the defendant was fraudulent and did not refund his original payment.

Frank J. Hevrdejs filed a complaint Sept. 3 in Harris County District Court against Oneflight International Inc., alleging fraudulent inducement.

The defendant is a charter broker of private aircrafts and offers memberships to individuals who want to have private flights. It allegedly requires payment of $15,000 for an initiation fee and member dues. 

According to the complaint, Heverdjs began to correspond with Oneflight in March about the membership and was told that he would not have to fly on a plane that was more than 10 years old. The plaintiff said he was very specific about the age and safety of the plane as he would be traveling with his family. 

The defendant allegedly offered to book a flight for Hevrdejs and his family from Monterey to Sonoma and the plaintiff was required to pay dues of $100,000 plus $15,000. The plaintiff said wired the money to Oneflight on June 6. 

The defendant allegedly said it would wait for the signed contract from the plaintiff before processing his payment but they did not. The plaintiff said he was had to wire an additional $34,000 for flight costs. 

The suit alleges on July 2 there were no new planes available, and that Hevrdejs would be placed on a plane from the year 2000. The plaintiff said he requested to be rebooked on a newer plane but Oneflight refused to rebook the flight. The plaintiff said he then requested that his membership be canceled and that he be given a full refund of the money he had paid.

However, the plaintiff alleges Oneflight did not cooperate, forcing him to seek out legal action against the defendant.

Hevrdejs seeks between $100,000 and $200,000, trial by jury, attorney fees, court costs, interest and all just relief. He is represented by attorneys Richard F. Whiteley and Shannon E. Glen of Bracewell LLP in Houston.

Harris County District Court case number 2019-62830

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