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Ezjet boss pleads guilty, to be sentenced early 2014

Sonny Ramdeo (left) with microphone.

The former director of a Boca Raton payroll company faces a maximum 40 years in prison after admitting Tuesday that he skimmed more than $20 million that was supposed to be turned over to taxing authorities on behalf of roughly 12 hospitals in eight states.

Sonny Ramdeo, 36, formerly of Sunrise, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money-laundering in connection with the scheme prosecutors said he concocted while working for Promise Healthcare.

Much of the money went to bankroll a charter jet company, Ezjet, he founded that provided service from New York City to Guyana.

When confronted by company auditors in October 2012, he fled to New York where he was arrested. He is to be sentenced Jan. 13.