Three executives of a failed airline that left hundreds of people stranded across the country, including in Punta Gorda, have been sentenced.

The former leaders of Direct Air got between 5 and 8 years in prison in connection with tax fraud cases and falsifying profit and loss statements.

Punta Gorda Airport Authority Commissioner Pam Seay told the Englewood Sun local officials did not know what was happening with the airline until the day all its flights were canceled.