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Friday, May 19, 2017

Air Force Engineer Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement About Unreported Foreign 'Romantic Liaisons'

DAYTON – Michael Volf Ol, 44, of Xenia, Ohio pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of making a false statement.


Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela L. Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Field Office, and Randall Pendleton, Commander of the Air Force Office of Investigation, Field Investigation Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, announced the plea entered into before U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.


According to the Statement of Facts in this case, Ol had been employed as a civil service aeronautical engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base since September 1993. In 2014, Ol knowingly lied on a background questionnaire for national security positions, stating that he had not had any close contacts with any foreign nationals within the previous seven years. In actuality, the defendant had multiple romantic contacts in October and December 2012 with a female foreign national in France and in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia – all while on official Air Force sponsored trips.


As part of the plea, Ol has agreed to resign from his civil service position with the United States Department of the Air Force. The parties involved in the case recommended a three-year term of probation and $5,000 fine as part of the plea agreement as well, which Judge Rose will consider at a future sentencing hearing.


U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the investigation of this case by the FBI and Air Force Office of Investigation, as well as Assistant United States Attorney Dwight Keller, who is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated May 19, 2017