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Man admits to impersonating general on helicopter flight

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

Christian Desgroux pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of pretending to be a military officer. The 58-year-old faces up to three years in prison at his sentencing scheduled for late July. But his defense attorney said sentencing guidelines call for no more than six months' incarceration.

Authorities say Desgroux unexpectedly had a charter helicopter pilot land on a soccer field last November at the sprawling corporate campus of SAS Institute in Cary. Wearing 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 federal agents.

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