Court for con man posing as pilot

Michael Fay will be sentenced today Photo: Hampshire Police

A con man who faked pilot’s qualifications to get a job flying holiday makers to the UK is due to be sentenced.

Michael Fay, 59, a US national who settled in Alton, Hampshire worked fraudulently as a commercial airline pilot, flying passengers into Gatwick Airport without the proper licence, eight times.

Police were alerted to Fay’s scam when another pilot became suspicious while chatting to him on an internet forum.

He had been operating Airbus A320 aircraft for eight months on behalf of Libyan company Afriqiyah Airways at the time of his arrest on February 3, 2011, having forged his pilot’s licence and medical certificates.

The former US Air Force pilot was sentenced in absentia to three years in prison at Winchester Crown Court on Friday (May 3) for fraud.

He was arrested in Winchester last night on suspicion of failing to appear for sentencing and will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court today.