CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man who pleaded guilty to making a false distress call that prompted a massive search on Lake Erie must serve three months in federal custody and pay nearly $490,000 in restitution.
Federal prosecutors say 21-year-old Danik Shiv Kumar, of Sandusky, was sentenced Monday in Cleveland on one count of making a false distress call. Court documents say Kumar called a control tower after taking off for a solo flight from Cleveland on March 14, 2012.
Prosecutors say U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews searched for hours after Kumar reported seeing a boat sending up flares and carrying passengers. Authorities said he admitted about a month later that he did not see either a boat in distress or passengers.
Kumar's attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday.