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Pennsylvania Individual Sentenced for Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter

On April 7, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced Raji Yusuf to 1 year in prison, 3 years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment for aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft and violating the terms of supervised release. In December 2021, Yusuf pleaded guilty to aiming a laser pointer at a Philadelphia Police helicopter while it was in flight. At the time of the incident, Yusuf was on Federal supervision for a 2016 conviction for trafficking firearms.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department and FAA.