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Utah Resident Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Flying Without an Airman Certificate

On May 22, 2023, Matthew Jones was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah for wire fraud and acting as an airman without an airman certificate. Jones was sentenced to 12 months of time served, 3 years of supervised release, $29,534.46 in restitution, and a $200 special assessment.
The investigation revealed Jones impersonated a certified flight instructor and did not disclose previous medical conditions to FAA that would have prevented Jones from obtaining an FAA medical certificate. Additionally, on multiple occasions, Jones operated an aircraft with a passenger without a valid fixed-wing pilot certificate.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from FAA.