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Former New York Pilot Sentenced for Failing to Disclose Receipt of Medical Disability Benefits and Criminal Convictions to FAA

On October 11, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York sentenced former pilot Noah Felice to 1 month of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release (including 3 months of home confinement), and a $100 court assessment. Felice was convicted on December 7, 2022, for making false statements to FAA.
On a September 2017 FAA application for an airman medical certificate, Felice did not disclose a history of criminal convictions or receipt of medical disability benefits. However, Felice was convicted of four prior misdemeanor offenses and was receiving medical disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at the time the application was completed. At the trial, evidence revealed that Felice had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was experiencing persistent delusions and hallucinations, among other medical conditions. Felice held FAA-issued private pilot and airman medical certificates.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with VA-OIG.