A Russian citizen was caught flying to Los Angeles without a passport and ticket

A Russian citizen who flew from Russia to Los Angeles via Denmark without a passport or ticket has claimed that he does not remember how he passed through the security check in Europe.

Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava, who flew from Denmark to Los Angeles without a passport or ticket, said he 'doesn't remember how he got through the security check in Europe'.

Ochigava arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on November 4 on Scandinavian Airlines flight 931. However, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers noticed that Ochigava's name was not among the arriving passengers.

The flight crew said the 46-year-old man 'sat in an empty seat before take-off, then wandered around the plane trying to talk to other passengers and even attempted to eat the flight crew's food'.

Authorities said they found Israeli and Russian ID cards in Ochigava's bag, but no valid passport or visa documents.

Ochigava has a PhD in economics and marketing and has long worked as an economist in Russia.

He claims he has not slept for three days and remembers nothing.

According to court transcripts, Ochigava misinformed the authorities during his interrogation, claiming that he 'had not slept for three days and did not understand what was going on'. He then told the CBP officers questioning him that he had forgotten his passport on the plane and tried to mislead them by giving the name 'Sergey Schlomo' when asked for personal details.

Ochigava was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of how he passed through the security check at Copenhagen Airport, what he was doing in Copenhagen and how he got on the plane.

Ochigava was found guilty.

Prosecutors had requested a six-month prison sentence, arguing that Ochigava had 'shown no remorse for his behavior'. In response, defense lawyers argued that their client had been in custody since November 4 and had suffered a series of 'personal tragedies'.

Ochigava's family and friends shared letters with the judge detailing these personal problems that the man claims to have recently experienced. The envelopes were delivered to the court under seal.

His lawyers also claimed that Ochigava had no known criminal history and that his record was clean.

The court sentenced Ochigava to a maximum of five years in prison. He was also ordered to pay 2174 dollars in compensation to the airline Scandanavian Airlines.

It was also reported that Ochigava could be detained and deported by CBP officers.

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