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Oak Island Man Indicted For Aiming Laser Pointer At An Aircraft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned an indictment charging CHRISTOPHER LEE FUNK, 34,with knowingly aiming the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in flight (a helicopter), in violation of the provisions of Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A.

If convicted, the maximum penalty for this charge is 5 years imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.  The case is being investigated by the Oak Island Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Eric D. Goulian is prosecuting the case for the government.

Updated July 14, 2015