November 14, 2017
California Airline Transport Pilot Sentenced in Identity Theft Investigation
On November 14, 2017, Nazal Sadiq was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Oakland, California, to 3 years’ probation and special conditions that prohibit him from seeking or being employed in any capacity related to aviation. Additionally, Sadiq will not be allowed to operate, pilot, copilot, or serve in any capacity aboard any aircraft, or operate or maintain any aircraft in a position requiring a certification or license from FAA.
Sadiq admitted that, in or about December 2015, he 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 conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.