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Commercial Pilot Admits Using Fraudulent License

Marvin C. Jacobs of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was convicted after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Ft. Lauderdale to the criminal charge of providing Reliance Aviation with an altered FAA commercial pilot's license to gain employment when he was licensed to fly only as a private pilot. Reliance, which operates an air taxi service at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, hired Jacobs based on his fraudulent commercial license, and he subsequently flew numerous passengers from February 2000 through August 2001 while serving as a first officer or second in command. OIG investigated the case with assistance from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and FAA. A sentencing date has not been set.