Former Susanville helicopter pilot to serve two years in prison
Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 — Today United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced John Michael Dial, 58, of Skaneateles, New York, to two years in prison for aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Dial used the names of actual persons to commit violations of federal law such as false statements to the FAA and forgery of a U.S. passport.
Dial worked for an air ambulance service in Susanville and provided numerous false identification documents to his employer. From July 3, 2011, to Nov. 7, 2011, he operated a helicopter approximately 63 times without having a valid pilot certificate.