CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An FAA investigation led to the arrest of a North Carolina man, who s accused of flying an airplane without a proper license.

Police arrested Paul Douglas Thorp, 53, on Wednesday.

Warriors and Warbirds, a group based in Monroe, hired Thorp in 2011 to repair and refinish a multi-engine plane it purchased from a museum in Midland, Texas.

The Department of Justice says Tharp lied about his pilot s license, which only allowed him to fly single-engine aircrafts, as well as his ability to fix the C-46F they hired him to repair. The Attorney General s Office says Tharp did not have the necessary FAA Mechanic Certificate with an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) rating.

Tharp is accused of regularly performing maintenance on the plane and acting as a second in command during flights. This includes a trip to Pennsylvania in June 2011, when Thorp allegedly also used another mechanic s credentials and lied to the FAA.

Upon realizing this, the FAA opened the investigation into Tharp.

He now faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of two counts of making false statements to the FAA. He could also serve a maximum of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the three counts of flying without proper authorization.

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