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Flight School Owner Jailed for 4 Years for Wide-Ranging Fraud

Ahmed Abdulla Elashmouny, owner and president of S&A Aviation, Inc., doing business as Delta Aviation Flight Academy, Farmingdale, NY, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Central Islip, NY, to 44 months in jail and $26,056 in restitution. In July 2002, Elashmouny, an Egyptian national, pleaded guilty to falsely representing himself as a certified flight instructor for instrument training and a U.S. citizen on FAA forms. He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud relating to an insurance claim for a plane that crashed prior to being insured and to access-device fraud for unauthorized use of credit card account numbers to obtain aircraft equipment, aviation fuel, and computer products. The case was investigated by OIG and the FBI with assistance from FAA.