Grand jury indicts man who flew into B’ham airport under false name

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The man accused of flying into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport under a false name on March 16, 2014, faces a grand jury indictment for violating airport security and presenting false identification, federal prosecutors say.

Robert Anthony Ricks, 30, is charged in a three-count indictment, which was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Ricks also faces a misdemeanor charge of entering a secure airport area by false pretenses.

He was arrested in mid-March after exiting a Delta flight Birmingham under the identity of “U.W.”

Later, he referred to himself as M.M. He attempted to go through security at the airport using the boarding pass with M.M. as the listed name.

Ricks also gave a false name and birth date to the FBI agent who interviewed him.

If convicted, Ricks could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for entering an airport in violation of security requirements.

The charge of possessing false identification with intent to use it illegally carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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