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California Man Fined $197,384, Draws Prison Term for Defrauding FAA and Social Security Administration

David F. Slavens of Auburn, CA, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento, CA, to serve a 21-month prison term and pay a $197,384 fine for lying in order to obtain a pilot’s medical certificate and for receiving Social Security benefits for a chronic illness while holding a current FAA airman medical certificate. From 1988 to 2002, Slavens received more than $190,000 in Social Security benefits based on claims that he was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome and could not work. Witnesses reported seeing Slavens repairing and flying his plane and making repairs to an apartment building during the period. FAA has revoked Slavens's pilot’s license, mechanic’s license, and license giving him authority to inspect aircraft. Slavens was found guilty by a jury on October 10, 2002.The investigation was conducted by OIG and the Social Security Administration OIG.