October 29, 2002
Former FAA Inspector Pleads Guilty to Theft
Harold A. Coghlan, Birmingham, AL, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Birmingham to receiving $1,897 in military leave payments in 1999 based on bogus military orders he presented to FAA while an aviation safety inspector. As a result of the plea, 5 other felony counts were dismissed against Coghlan for allegedly falsifying FAA forms to obtain ratings to fly certain types of aircraft based on his military training. Now the president and CEO of a charter cargo and small passenger commuter service in Birmingham, Coghlan resigned from the FAA in 1999. Coghlan must surrender his air transport license and ratings he received on May 27, 1998. FAA is reviewing the case for possible license revocation.