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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Judge Sentences French Citizen For Airplane Incident

            PHILADELPHIA - Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, was sentenced today to time served for one count of fraud in connection with an identification document.  Jeannard has been in federal custody since March 21, 2013.  He was arrested after he boarded a commercial airplane, on March 20, 2013, at Philadelphia International Airport, using a fraudulent Air France identification card of a former Air France employee and gained access to the plane’s cockpit.

            U.S. District Court Judge Gene E.K. Pratter also ordered Jeannard to pay $4,875 in reimbursement for counsel’s fees that she found he had the ability to pay.  He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.  Jeannard will be deported and will not be permitted back into the United States without written permission from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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

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