May 18, 2017
Louisiana Man Charged With Flying Without a Pilot’s Certificate
On May 18, 2017, Christopher Karl Roberts, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was charged in a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court, New Orleans, for acting as pilot in command of an aircraft in air transportation without a valid FAA pilot certificate.
The complaint alleges that FAA revoked his Air Transport Pilot certificate on September 10, 2009, but Roberts acted as pilot in command on multiple flights from December 2015 to May 2017. In addition, he presented a fraudulent pilot’s license to a law enforcement officer during a ramp check at the Lake Charles (Louisiana) Airport following a December 15, 2015, flight.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations and Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the FAA.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.