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South Florida Student Pilot Charged With Making False Statements to FAA

On June 8, 2021, a grand jury in the Southern District of Florida indicted Cole Allan Peacock for making false statements to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the indictment, in July 2019, Peacock made the false statements on an application for an FAA Student Pilot Certificate. Although Peacock had previously been convicted of multiple criminal felony offenses, the application did not disclose that criminal record. The defendant allegedly forged an FAA flight instructor’s signature authorizing Peacock as the pilot-in-command on multiple flights, including flights with passengers, in August 2019 and submitted fraudulent records to FAA to register a stolen Learjet 55 in August 2020.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with FAA’s assistance.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.