August 10, 2017
Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Operation of Aircraft Without a Pilot’s Certificate
On August 10, 2017, Christopher Karl Roberts, of Denham Springs, LA, pled guilty to an information 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.
DOT-OIG’s investigation revealed that FAA revoked Roberts’ air transport pilot certificate on September 10, 2009, but Roberts illegally acted as pilot on multiple flights, including one from Cookville, TN, to Hammond, LA, on January 25, 2016, and one from New Orleans International Airport to the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport in Florida on May 16, 2017. Roberts pled guilty to illegally piloting the May 16, 2017 flight.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations and Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from FAA.