Police in The Bahamas are said to have in custody, a man who allegedly created a pilot’s badge after to fake his way into a cockpit. It is alleged that officers in The Bahamas had been tipped off about the man who was never issued a pilot’s license but claimed to be a captain. Some are comparing are outraged, saying the man could have put many lives at stake in what they are calling another Catch Me If You Can. That film was based on the true story Frank Abagnale, Jr, who found his way into several cockpits posing as a pilot.
The man allegedly listed his name as Rajiv Rodriquez but is being identified as Giovanni Benjamin by social media users who came across his photo on a local aviation page. It is said that the man was responsible for a Bahamian pilot being suspended by authorities during a ramp check after he failed to produce an ID or pilot license.
“They got him,” wrote a Facebook user by the name of Shaquille McIntosh who said the man also used his identification number on the fake badge. “I just came from CDU (Central Detective Unit) yesterday. He caused me and others a lot of heartache.”
“This guy was the same guy with a girl name Catalina who was running a scam a few years back saying a new airline was opening and they had a job fair at a hotel seemingly about to hire some people,” claimed another person when the photo began circulating in The Bahamas. “But you had to pay monies for training uniforms etc. The call back meeting was supposed to be held at the hotel, but we ended up at Montague Beach. One news crew was out there trying to get to the bottom of it because someone called them saying these people was charging anywhere from $700.00 to $1500.00 for the training but you had to book your own flights and boarding. Pure messes I say. They need to catch the girl too.”
It is alleged Benjamin went missing for a few months popping back up in the Lynden Pindling International Airport with resumes to apply to major local Bahamian airlines. It is said, he was also wearing a homemade airport ID indicating that he is a captain at Bahamasair, known locally as the national flag carrier.
According to the Facebook page Aviation News Central: “The national flag carrier was placed into question as the fake ID had the individual listed as an employee. Bahamasair’s management have no record of this young man ever even being employed at the company as all employees at the airline [are] given an identification card and number separate from the airport issued one.”
The page also alleged that Benjamin contacted the FAA asking for them to reissue a license, also changing the address of a real pilot that actually has the name Rajiv whom is presently employee at a domestic carrier within the terminal. There were also allegations that the man may have attempted to fake his way onto US airlines as well. Investigations are said to be continuing.