Robert Charles Brady, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested after being charged for wire fraud, filing false records in federal investigation and operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon ordered that Brady be detained.
Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Marlies T. Gonzalez, Regional Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General (DOT-OIG), made the announcement.
As alleged in the Indictment, from 2012 to October 2017, Brady owned Beach Aviation, formerly located in Pompano and Boca Raton. It is alleged that Brady operated an illegal charter air carrier service and flight school in which Brady and his employees chartered flights to and from Bahamas and other destinations in the United States without authorization from the FAA. In addition, Brady falsified records seeking a second-in-command rating on a convair jet and claimed to be certified flight instructor on student logbooks, which were relied upon by students and FAA to verify flight hours for FAA pilot certifications and ratings.
The Indictment charges Brady with 56 separate counts. If convicted, Brady faces a maximum sentence of 20 years on each of the 12 counts of wire fraud, 20 years on each of the 17 counts of filing false records in a federal investigation, and three years on each of the 27 counts of operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate.
Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of DOT-OIG and the Federal Aviation Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Behnke.
An indictment is only an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.