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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

French Citizen Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Airplane Incident

PHILADELPHIA - Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, pleaded guilty today to one count of fraud in connection with an identification document.  U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter has not yet scheduled a sentencing hearing.  Jeannard faces an advisory sentencing guideline range of 0 to 6 months in prison plus deportation proceedings.

Jeannard boarded a commercial airplane on March 20, 2013 at Philadelphia International Airport.  He possessed an Air France identification card of a former employee that he had altered with his name and photograph, and, with that fraudulent identification card, gained access to the plane’s cockpit. 

            The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the Philadelphia Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney K.T. Newton.

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