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Philadelphia Flight Instructor Charged with False Statements

On January 7, 2010, Joseph Konrad, an FAA certified commercial pilot and flight instructor, was charged by Information in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with false statements related to his application for an Airman Medical Certificate.

The investigation revealed that in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Mr. Konrad intentionally failed to disclose his opioid abuse and bipolar disorder diagnosis on FAA applications to become a commercial pilot and flight instructor. Mr. Konrad began working as a flight instructor for FAA approved flight schools in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. He admitted that he did not disclose his medical diagnosis to the FAA for fear the FAA would revoke his commercial pilot and flight instructor licenses.

This investigation was conducted jointly with DHS/ICE and the FBI.

Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.