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Promoter for LV Air venture agrees to California extradition

As expected, Eneliko Sean Smith did not contest his extradition to California for violating probation on a felony conviction last year.

Smith, who much of this year has presented himself as the driving force behind a proposed new luxury airline to be called LV Air, formally agreed to extradition in a short hearing Monday before Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Joe Bonaventure.

Hans Uthe, assistant district attorney of El Dorado County, Calif., said the county would send deputies to Las Vegas within the next month to pick Smith up and fly him back to California. Uthe said that Smith had proposed being allowed to transport himself, but the offer was rejected.

Shortly after his arrival, Uthe said he and El Dorado County judge would hear his case and decide what to do with him.

The Block Hotel in South Lake Tahoe, where Smith was managing partner, had run up about $130,000 in unpaid room taxes. Ultimately, the case was settled last year with Smith pleading no contest to a single felony count of grand theft by embezzlement.

After that, he did not repay any of the back taxes, as required, and violated other terms of probation.

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