Stenger asks judge to return passport

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The former president of the Jay Peak ski resort who’s facing federal charges in what’s described as a multimillion-dollar fraud case in northern Vermont is asking for his passport back.

In court papers filed Wednesday, William Stenger says he needs his passport so he can travel internationally for work.

Stenger, former Jay Peak owner Ariel Quiros, and William Kelly, an adviser to Quiros, have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to embezzle investors' funds and deceive investors about a proposed biotechnology project intended for northern Vermont. A South Korean businessman has also been charged.

Stenger says he lost his job and his only income is Social Security. His lawyer says he would like to pursue international consulting opportunities to support his family.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that three, not four, defendants have pleaded not guilty.

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