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Jury Convicts Commercial Pilot for Making False Statements to the Federal Aviation Administration

On March 10, 2015, Steven Michael Demaria of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was convicted by a federal jury after a two day trial in U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, for making False Statements on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Medical Certificate Application.

In May 2004, Demaria tested positive for the presence of marijuana, a prohibited drug, in connection with prospective employment as a pilot for a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, air taxi service. In July 2004, as a result of the positive drug test, the FAA issued an Emergency Order of Revocation and revoked Demaria's First Class Airman Medical certificate. Each year from 2012 to 2014, Demaria submitted three Airman Medical Certificate applications on which he falsely answered that he had never failed a drug test.  Demaria was employed as a Pilot in Command for a regularly scheduled air carrier at the time of his arrest in November 2014.  

We are conducting this investigation with assistance from the FAA Security Division.