FAA Document Fraud Case Ends with Guilty Plea

 - August 16, 2022, 11:27 AM

A man with a history of criminal behavior has pleaded guilty in federal court to making numerous false statements on documents to the FAA, including a failed attempt to fraudulently register a stolen business jet. He was indicted in June 2021 following an investigation by the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General.

Court documents show that in July 2019 Cole Allan Peacock made false statements on an application for an FAA student pilot certificate. Although Peacock was previously convicted of multiple criminal felony offenses, the application did not disclose these details as required. A month later, Peacock forged an FAA flight instructor’s signature authorizing him to serve as pilot-in-command on multiple flights, including flights with passengers. In August 2020, Peacock submitted fraudulent records to the FAA to register a stolen Bombardier Learjet 55.

According to records obtained by AIN, between 2013 and 2019 Peacock was convicted of credit card fraud, grand theft, resisting arrest with violence, bomb threats, assaulting police officers, passing fake checks, felony impersonation of a public official, and misdemeanor reckless driving. He served jail time for some of these crimes.

DOT IG officials did not respond to AIN’s queries for further information.