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Man admits to impersonating general, helicopter flight

RALEIGH, N. C. – A North Carolina man has admitted to imitating a three-star general of the Army and the landing of a helicopter chartered by a technology company to impress a woman.

Christian Desgroux pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count pretending to be a military officer. The 58-year-old faces up to three years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for the end of July. But his lawyer said that sentencing guidelines call for no more than six months of imprisonment.

The authorities say that Desgroux unexpectedly had a charter helicopter pilot lands on a football field last November on the sprawling corporate campus of SAS Institute, Cary. The wearing of a military uniform, Desgroux told a security officer he was there to pick up a female employee for a classified briefing authorized by the president, according to the federal agents.

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