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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty To Flying a Helicopter Without A Valid Pilot's License And Falsifying An Application For Airman's Medical Certificate

On July 26, Randy A. Sanders pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago, IL to felony charges of operating an aircraft without an airman's certificate and of making false statements to the FAA for an airman medical and student pilot certificate. Our investigation found that Sanders falsified his application to the FAA in 2004 by failing to disclose several prior convictions -- one weapon and two drug-related. In January 2005, Sanders also piloted a helicopter he owned from Kenosha, WI to Schaumburg, IL for routine maintenance, even though he did not hold a valid airman's certificate. Sentencing is scheduled in October. FAA assisted in this investigation.