The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Angelo Efthimiatos, 49, of Sudbury, Vermont, was convicted yesterday of flying an airplane without a valid pilot’s license following a two-day jury trial. Mr. Efthimiatos faces up to two years of incarceration on the charge.
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. At the time of his arrest in Vermont, Efthimiatos was on supervised release in the Southern District of Iowa for a prior conviction for transporting 50 kilograms or more of marijuana by plane. He served 57 months in prison for that offense. His airman’s certificate, at issue in the Vermont case, was revoked as of July 1, 2014 following his Iowa conviction. He has been detained since his arrest on April 10, 2018.
Sentencing in the case will be scheduled.
The United States Attorney’s Office recognized the excellent work of Special Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration 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 Sheehey, Furlong, and Behm, P.C.