Pilot Faces Federal Charges Of Lying On Medical

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A commercial pilot from Centerville, Mass., has been charged in federal court with four counts of making false statements on FAA medical forms, U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said on Friday. The 53-year-old pilot lied on four first-class medical FAA forms, Sullivan alleged. If convicted, the pilot faces up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General, Investigations Division. It is being prosecuted by Sullivan's Major Crimes Unit in Boston. Last summer, 46 California pilots, 14 of them active, faced similar charges after a two-year investigation. In most cases, authorities alleged, the pilots, seven of whom held commercial licenses, hid medical conditions that would have disqualified them.