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An Australian man who faked being a Qantas engineer for 10 months, during which time he checked 30 aircraft leaving Sydney, was sentenced by a court to at least two years jail on Wednesday, a court official said.

Timothy McCormack, 26, worked as a Qantas engineer between September, 2006, and July, 2007, even though he did not pass the exam to obtain an engineer's licence, the prosecutor told Sydney's Downing Centre District Court.

Mr. McCormack, who pleaded guilty to forging a maintenance engineer's licence, was uncovered in July, 2007, but by then he had conducted 30 maintenance checks on planes leaving Sydney.

In passing sentence, Judge Mark Marien said Mr. McCormack's actions had potentially dangerous consequences, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from the court.

“Not only was the degree of the offender's course of conduct extreme, but the offender conceded ... that the potential consequences of that course of conduct might have been catastrophic,” said Judge Marien.

Mr. McCormack was sentenced to three years and five months jail but will be eligible for parole in two years.

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