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Former Vermont Pilot Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Submitting False Medical Information to FAA

On April 25, 2016, Luc Quirion, of Newport, VT, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Burlington, VT, to a charge of making false statements for submitting false medical information to FAA. He was sentenced to time-served, 1 year of supervised release, and $3,600 in fines.

DOT-OIG initiated this investigation in June 2014 after Quirion crashed his single-engine aircraft at the Newport State Airport in Newport, VT, and fled the scene. The investigation revealed that Quirion failed to disclose to FAA his history of arrests involving driving while intoxicated and the use of prescribed medications for a diagnosed mental condition. Quirion also did not possess a valid medical certificate and was operating an unregistered aircraft.

Quirion was arrested in August 2015, after failing to abide by the terms of a Pre-Trial Diversion Agreement related to this investigation. In September 2015, Quirion was indicted and charged with making false statements to FAA in connection with his falsified application for an FAA medical certificate. 

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from FAA.