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Virginia Pilot Indicted for False Statements to FAA on Medical Certificate Applications

On December 5, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Norfolk, Virginia, a federal grand jury indicted Richard Patterson of Suffolk, Virginia, a commercial licensed pilot, for false statements on medical certificate applications he submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The investigation revealed that Patterson submitted three applications in an attempt to obtain a second class medical certificate, where he stated he had never had any surgeries, when in fact he had two back related surgeries. Patterson was subsequently issued second class medical certificates based on these statements.

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