June 29, 2021
Georgia Brothers Convicted and Sentenced for Illegal Activities Involving an Unmanned Aircraft System
On June 29, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia sentenced George Lo and Nicholas Lo each to 12 months of incarceration, 12 months of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. On March 24, the Lo brothers pleaded guilty to owning and/or operating an unregistered unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and attempting to serve as an airman without obtaining an airman's certificate. The investigation revealed that on August 26, 2019, the brothers intended to use a UAS to deliver contraband including 14 cellular telephones to George Lo, an inmate at Telfair State Prison in Georgia.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the Georgia Department of Corrections - Criminal Investigations Division, the Telfair County Sheriff's Office, and the FAA Law Enforcement Assistance Program.