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Alaskan Individual Indicted for Flying Without an Airman’s Certificate and Aircraft Registration Fraud

On April 21, 2023, a grand jury in the District of Alaska indicted Michael Anthony “Tony” Roberts for serving as an airman without an airman's certificate and aircraft registration fraud. The indictment alleges that on February 27, 2022, Roberts piloted an aircraft in Wasilla, Alaska, resulting in a crash on takeoff. Roberts also displayed a false or misleading registration mark on the aircraft.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Alaska State Troopers with substantial assistance from FAA.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.