Indictments In Jackson Tapes Case

Michael Jackson exits the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, Calif., with his attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. after the verdict was read, Monday, June 13, 2005. Jackson was found not guilty on all counts.
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Two air service businessmen were indicted on federal charges of secretly recording Michael Jackson two years ago as he flew to Santa Barbara with his attorney to surrender in a child-molestation investigation.

Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Jett Reeves used two digital camcorders and remote microphones to record "a professional entertainer and his attorney" as the pair traveled on a private jet from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara in November 2003, according to a three-count indictment filed Wednesday.

The two were charged with conspiracy, endeavoring to intercept oral communication and witness tampering in an alleged scheme between Nov. 19, 2003 and Nov. 21, 2003.

The entertainer they recorded was Michael Jackson, said a source familiar with the case who asked not to be identified because Jackson is not cited by name in the indictment.

Attorney Mark Geragos, who had represented Jackson at the time, did not immediately return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment. A phone call to Jackson's spokeswoman, Raymone K. Bain, also was not returned.

Borer was the owner of XtraJet, which operated a Gulfstream jet that carried Jackson. Reeves was the owner of Executive Aviation Logistics, which provided maintenance service for XtraJet's aircraft fleet.

The allegations that Jackson was taped aboard a flight on Nov. 20, 2003, were widely reported at the time. In a lawsuit filed against XtraJet days after the flight, Geragos claimed the charter company covertly installed two cameras in the cabin of the plane.