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Fake pilot guilty of lying to agents

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NEW YORK — An Egyptian man who raised suspicion one week after the terrorist attacks when he was found carrying a fake pilot's uniform and license has been found guilty of lying about his plans to attend flight school.

But Wael Abdel Rahman Kishk was cleared by a jury Thursday on a second charge of trying to impersonate a pilot by carrying a forged document.

Kishk, 21, faces up to five years in prison for making false statements, though sentencing guidelines suggest a maximum term of only six months. He also faces deportation. Sentencing was set for Feb. 18.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said the verdict "sends a message that if you lie to federal agents in the middle of an investigation, you'll be prosecuted and convicted."

Defense attorney Michael Schneider again insisted his client was nothing more than a young man who wanted to be a pilot.

"I can understand the government was suspicious," he said. "But not every Egyptian or Arab who wants to be a pilot is a terrorist."