Village Island man pleads guilty to bogus distress calls

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A 46-year-old man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of making false distress calls.

Edson Nicholas Fadaoff Jr., a resident of Village Island on Uganik Bay on the west side of Kodiak Island, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Fadaoff was accused of making three mayday calls to the Coast Guard that turned out to be hoaxes, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Anchorage.

Federal prosecutors said phony help calls were placed to the Coast Guard on three occasions: Dec. 9, 2001, and Jan. 4 and May 13, 2002.

The first time, the caller said he was a pilot who had crashed on a remote beach on the west side of Kodiak Island. The second time, the caller said he was on a sailing vessel taking on water in Cook Inlet.

The third time, the caller claimed to be on a fishing vessel taking on water in Shelikof Strait, the U.S. Attorney said.

The Coast Guard responded to each call as if it were a legitimate mayday call, said Lt. Comdr. Elisa Holland, a special assistant U.S. attorney.

Fadaoff is to be sentenced on Oct. 1.

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