Fayetteville man charged with lying to Federal Aviation Administration | USAO-NDNY
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Noah Felice, 70, of Fayetteville, New York, was arraigned today after being charged in an indictment with lying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Air Force reported. U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Joseph Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Northeast Region, Office of Inspector General, and Christopher F. Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office is from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General.
According to the indictment, in September 2017, Felice made false statements to the FAA on a Form 8500-8, which is a request that pilots submit to the FAA to renew their medical certifications. The indictment alleges that Felice stated on the form that he had no prior criminal convictions and had never received medical disability benefits, despite knowing he had convicted of several prior misdemeanors and was receiving disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The charge against Felice carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison; a fine of up to $250,000; and a probation period of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular law the defendant is accused of breaking, US sentencing guidelines, and other factors.
Felice appeared in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, New York today and was released by U.S. Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric on conditional supervision pending further proceedings in the case.
The charges in the indictment are just charges. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the US Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Thomas Sutcliffe.