Man arrested pretending to be Army Gen, lands helicopter for classified briefing at big data company

Christian Gerald Desgroux used a false identity to land a helicopter at the SAS campus in Cary, NC. (Photo credit: Screenshot from video below (Left)/ Wake Coutny (right))

A man has been indicted by the Feds after posing as a US Army three-star general and landing a helicopter at the SAS Institute headquarters in North Carolina.

57-year-old Raleigh resident Christian Gerald Desgroux was indicted before a Federal Judge yesterday after he allegedly identified himself as a Lieutenant General in the Army and used said rank to assert his authority to land a helicopter at the headquarters of Statistical Analysis Systems in the town of Cary, North Carolina.

Gesgroux -posing as a general- claimed he was transporting a person for a classified briefing at the company’s 900-acre campus, which among other things, creates analytical programs to collect intelligence.

SAS software can collect data on private citizens from a variety of sources -including social media- to identify potential crises, threats, access the impact of government policy changes, and even predict malicious acts.

While the incident took place last November, the federal grand jury in Raleigh returned an indictment against Desgroux late last month. According to the Fayetteville Observer, he was arrested earlier this week and appeared before a federal judge on Tuesday.

It is unknown why Desgroux was attempting to land a helicopter at the facility, or even where the helicopter came from. However, Desgroux was arrested multiple times last December for several charges, including stalking, misusing emergency communications and assaulting a woman.

The Department of Justice reports that, if convicted of the charges stemming from his aerial raid on the SAS headquarters, he could face “Maximum penalties of 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.”

The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, officials said.

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