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Sudbury Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Flying Without a Valid Pilot’s License

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Angelo Efthimiatos, 49, of Sudbury, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday to serve 15 months in prison followed by a year of supervised release following his conviction at trial in December 2018 of flying without a valid pilot’s license. The sentence will be served concurrently with an 18 month sentence from the Southern District of Iowa for violating terms of his prior federal supervised release. Efthimiatos, who has been in custody since April 2018, will receive credit for time served.

According to the indictment in the case and information presented at trial, just after midnight on April 10, 2018, Efthimiatos landed a small plane at the Rutland Regional Airport in North Clarendon, Vermont. The flight originated in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Efthimiatos was intercepted by federal agents at the airport and was arrested. He has been detained since that time. At the time of his arrest, Efthimiatos did not have a valid pilot’s license or “airman’s certificate” from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His airman’s certificate had been revoked by the FAA as of July 1, 2014.

The United States Attorney’s Office recognized the hard work of Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General to support the investigation and trial.  The FAA also provided extensive support during the case.

At trial, the government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicole Cate and Eugenia Cowles. Mr. Efthimiatos was represented by Craig S. Nolan, Esq. of Sheehy, Furlong, and Behm, P.C.

Updated April 12, 2019