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Florida Pilot Arrested for Falsifying FAA Medical Application

On October 3, 2008, Jose Guasch was arrested after being indicted and charged in U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, for making a false statement on his “Application for Medical Certificate.” Mr. Guasch represented on his “Application for Medical Certificate” that he had no felonies when he had three prior felony convictions. In 2002, as a result of a DOT investigation, Mr. Guasch was convicted for possession of false licenses, transporting a stolen aircraft, and false statements. As a result of a DOT investigation, he received a combined sentence of five years. In September 2007, Mr. Guasch was released from prison and placed on probation.

This investigation is being conducted jointly with the FAA/Aviation Security and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. As in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The charges filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.