April 13, 2017
California Airline Transport Pilot Charged With Identity Theft
On April 13, 2017, Nazal Sadiq of San Leandro, California, was charged by information with identity theft in U.S. District Court, Oakland, California. The charges relate to allegations that Sadiq, an airline transport pilot, submitted falsified FAA documents to a foreign air carrier.
The investigation revealed that in December 2015, Sadiq applied for a position with Korean Air Lines (KAL). During the application process Sadiq presented KAL with an FAA temporary airman certificate that contained a falsified Boeing 777 rating. By doing this, Sadiq fraudulently represented to KAL that he was qualified to perform as a pilot-in-command, when in fact he was not.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation jointly with the FBI.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.