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Former JetSmarter exec arrested on grand theft charges

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Former JetSmarter president and vice chairman Edward Gennady Barsky has been arrested in Fort Lauderdale and faces extradition to California where he is wanted on grand theft charges, according to Broward County Circuit Court records.

Barsky, 38, of Sunny Isles, president and vice chairman of the privately held aviation service company, resigned from JetSmarter after he was arrested Feb.16 at the Broward Financial Center, site of the company’s headquarters. 

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office booking report, Barsky is wanted on five counts of grand theft by embezzlement. He was being sought by authorities in Contra Costa, California.

"Gennady Barsky has resigned from JetSmarter for personal reasons. The charges he faces are wholly unrelated to JetSmarter, and pre-date the founding of JetSmarter.
We will continue to revolutionize the private aviation business as the world fastest growing private jet company," Ronn Torossian, a spokesperson for JetSmarter, said in a statement.

Read the full story in the Sun Sentinel here.