- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former California news helicopter pilot has been ordered to pay $42,000 in restitution to three former employers, after he was convicted of flying under false pretenses.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Friday that John Michael Dial, of Skaneateles, New York, was ordered by a federal judge in Sacramento to pay $14,000 to each employer.

He was sentenced in October to two years in federal prison for lying to federal aviation officials and flying under a false name.

He made hundreds of flights for television stations in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas, and worked for an air ambulance company in New York state between 2009 and 2012.

The 58-year-old man used real people’s names while filing false statements with the Federal Aviation Administration and forging a U.S. passport.


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