UNLICENSED PILOT PLEADS GUILTY TO FALSIFYING CREDENTIALS
DARRYL GRANIER, SR., age 46, from Covington, Louisiana, pled guilty today before U. S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon to attempted use of an false Coast Guard license, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
GRANIER was charged on August 12, 2011, in a Bill of Information for presenting a forged U. S. Coast Guard license for employment as captain knowing the license he attempted to use was forged. GRANIER admitted today that he had been denied a mariner’s license by the United States Coast Guard in 2004, and that the license he presented to a company located in Galliano, Louisiana, was not issued to him by the Coast Guard and, in fact, belonged to someone else. The company contacted the United States Coast Guard Regional Exam Center to verify the status of GRANIER’s license and learned that the license did not belong to GRANIER and that he did not possess a valid license. The company did not hire him.
GRANIER faces the maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and three (3) years of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2012.
This case was investigated criminally by the United States Coast Guard Criminal Investigative Services and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dorothy Manning Taylor.
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