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California Individual Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Identity Theft Related to a Drone Show

On July 22, 2022, David J. Oneal pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Oneal was indicted in September 2020. The indictment alleged Oneal, owner of Wildly Creative Marketing, agreed to perform a drone show at SeaWorld, San Antonio, Texas, and provided SeaWorld with falsified and fraudulently used documents. The documents included certificates of registration for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver required to conduct the show. Upon receipt of the documents, SeaWorld made two separate payments to Oneal, but Oneal did not appear or perform the drone show.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Secret Service.