March 20, 2020
Former Pilot Convicted and Sentenced for Fraudulently Obtaining Government Benefits
On March 20, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina sentenced Brian Roberts, once a licensed pilot who applied for an FAA medical certificate, for his role in committing fraud and making false statements regarding his receipt of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Roberts pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud the Government by attempting to overstate and misrepresent his VA service-related injury and claim. Roberts also admitted to demanding $20,000 through force, intimidation, or fear to close a Government investigation. Roberts was sentenced to 21 months in prison, 24 months of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and $175,448.33 in restitution. FAA revoked Roberts’ airman’s certificate in April 2018.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with VA-OIG, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and FAA.