|Former BGSU student guilty of false distress call|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:54|
CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to making a false distress call prompting a massive search on Lake Erie must serve three months in federal custody and pay nearly $490,000 restitution.
Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Danik Shiv Kumar, of Sandusky, was sentenced Monday in Cleveland. Court documents say Kumar called a control tower while on a solo flight from Cleveland to Bowling Green on March 14, 2012, and reported seeing a boat sending up flares. He was flying a plane owned by Bowling Green State University.
David Keilmeyer, BGSU's senior communications director, confirmed that Kumar was a student at the university, most recently enrolled in the College of Technology's Aviation program during the Spring 2013 semester. He is not currently enrolled.
Prosecutors say U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews searched for hours. They say Kumar admitted weeks later that he didn't see a boat in distress.
Kumar's attorney says his client apologized for "unfortunate circumstances" that occurred as he flew alone over water at night for the first time and will appeal the restitution.
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