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Man claimed to be an Army general to land a chopper at NC software company, grand jury charges

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By AARON MOODY | The News & Observer (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 8, 2018

A Raleigh, N.C. man pretended to be an Army general heading to a classified briefing and flew in a helicopter to Statistical Analysis Systems' headquarters, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina alleges.

A federal grand jury indicted Christian Gerald Desgroux, 57, on Wednesday on charges of claiming to be a U.S. Army lieutenant general.

Desgroux specifically is accused of pretending to be a high-ranking officer “engaged in transporting a person for a classified briefing and under such guise having asserted authority to land a helicopter at Statistical Analysis Systems headquarters,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.

The helicopter landing took place Nov. 6, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday afternoon.

If convicted of impersonating an officer, Desgroux would face a maximum of three years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a term of supervised release, the statement said.

State criminal records show Desgroux has only been found guilty of traffic offenses since 2001.

But he has multiple pending charges from 2017: assault on a female (April); misuse of the 911 system and violating a domestic violence protection order (May); felony conversion (November); and interfering with emergency communications, felony fleeing to elude arrest, misuse of the 911 system and misdemeanor stalking (December).

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys.

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