It appears that some people think they can misrepresent or omit information on FAA applications and that the worst that will happen if they are discovered is that they will be denied or lose their certificate. Unfortunately, this is not the case. As we have discussed previously, falsification of an airman, medical or other FAA application can result in criminal prosecution.
An example of this was recently published on the DOT Office of Inspector General’s website. According to the OIG’s summary, “[o]n August 9, Hugo A. Obregon was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greensboro to two years probation and assessed $100 for making false statements to the FAA on an application for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate. Obregon falsely represented on the A&P certificate application that he met requisite training and experience. Had Obregon been successful in obtaining an A&P certificate, his subsequent work on commercial aircraft could have endangered the flying public.”
This is yet another example of the risks an applicant takes if he or she falsifies an FAA application. And these are federal charges, subject to federal sentencing guidelines. Doesn’t seem worth the risk to me.