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Air Traffic Controller with Criminal Past, Medical Condition Convicted of Making False Statements

Michael D. Douglas of Middleburg, FL, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, FL, for falsifying his FAA application for a medical certificate, which he needed to advance his career as an air traffic controller. He was sentenced to 2 years probation and ordered not to hold any position requiring FAA certification during his probation. Douglas pleaded guilty to the charge in March. Douglas had worked as a contract air traffic controller for Robinson Aviation, Inc., at Key West International Airport. He was fired in July 2002 and his airman certificate revoked after an investigation revealed he covered up his criminal history and a medical condition and also used a false birth date and Social Security number. OIG conducted the investigation with assistance from FAA.