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Bogus FAA Flight Instructor Gets Over Three Years in Jail for Transporting a Stolen Lear Jet

In the last of three related sentencing actions, Jose Francisco Guasch, a/k/a Jesus Manuel Rios, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale, FL to 37 months in jail for transporting a stolen aircraft in foreign commerce. In December 2004, Guasch was also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami, FL to eight months in jail for possessing identification-making devices and false identification documents, including FAA licenses. The two prison sentences will be served consecutively and follow a 13-month jail term that Guasch served in accordance with a January 2004 sentence for making false statements to the FAA in furtherance of his employment as a flight instructor. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI, DHS-ICE, and DCIS, with assistance of FAA.