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Fayetteville Man Sentenced for Lying to FAA

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Noah Felice, age 71, was sentenced to one month incarceration for lying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Christopher A. Scharf, Special Agent in Charge, Northeastern Region of the U.S. Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General, and Christopher F. Algieri, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General.

Felice was previously convicted after a jury trial in December 2022. At the trial, evidence was presented that proved that in September 2017, Felice submitted to the FAA an application for an airman medical certificate, which is a certificate demonstrating that a pilot is medically fit to fly an aircraft.  On the application, Felice stated that he had no history of criminal convictions and was not receiving medical disability benefits. In fact, Felice had four prior misdemeanor convictions, two of which were for lying about his criminal history on state and local forms.  Felice also was receiving several thousand dollars a month from the Department of Veterans Affairs because he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

United States District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Felice to serve three years of supervised release following his term of incarceration. As a condition of that release, Felice will be required to remain in home confinement for three months.

This case was investigated by the Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General and the Department of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Sutcliffe and Paul Tuck. 

Updated October 13, 2023