SUP case sends defendant to prison; time to renew your knowledge of this difficult subject

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Operator of New York Aircraft Parts Supplier Sentenced

Defendant used false Airworthiness Approval Tags (FAA Form 8130-3)

30 Months in Federal Prison

Learn the vagaries of SUPs

“On October 3, 2019, William Vanmanen, operator of Star Aero (formerly Aero-Star) in Long Island, New York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, to 30 months’ incarceration, 2 years’ supervised release, and a $300 special court assessment. In March 2016, Vanmanen pleaded guilty to a three-count information that charged him with fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce, attempting to violate the Arms Export Control Act, and submitting false export information.

The criminal investigation determined that in approximately August 2011, Vanmanen created and used false Airworthiness Approval Tags (FAA Form 8130-3) that falsely reflected the aviation quality of anti-ice controllers installed on aircraft.

Separately, in approximately May 2012, he attempted to illegally export restricted defense parts (i.e., fuel filter outlet connector tubes) to Hong Kong without obtaining the required State Department licenses in advance. He also failed to file the required export information in the Department of Commerce’s Automated Export System, which was designed to prevent shipments to unauthorized destinations or end users.

This investigation was conducted jointly by DOT-OIG, the Department of Defense OIG, and the FBI

 

 

 

 


The DOT OIG is actively prosecuting SUP violators [a sampling of the IG list on SUP criminal actions.]:

Guilty Pleas in Major UnapprovedParts Settlements

Arrow Air of Miami, Florida was dunned $5 million by a U.S. District Court judge in July 1998, following its guilty plea to six counts of making false statements to the FAA.

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Date: 05.01.1998

Long Island CEO Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Involving Unapproved Aircraft Parts

On July 28, 2015, Jeffrey Krantz, CEO and owner of Harry Krantz, LLC, New York, New York, was charged and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Hartford, Connecticut, to wire fraud for his role in the sale of unapproved aircraft parts.

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Date: 07.28.2015

New York CEO Sentenced for Role in Unapproved Aircraft Parts Investigation in Connecticut

On December 10, 2015, Jeffrey Krantz, CEO and owner of Harry Krantz, LLC (Krantz LLC) of New York, New York, was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 12.10.2015

Two OK Firms and Two Officials Fined $448,000 for Using Unapproved Parts in Aircraft Repairs

Thunderbird Propellers, Inc. (TPI) and Thunderbird Accessories, Inc. (TAI), both of Bethany, OK, were sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 12.17.2002

New York CEO Ordered To Pay Over $400,000 in Restitution for Role in Unapproved Aircraft Parts Scheme in Connecticut

On March 22, 2016, Jeffrey Krantz, CEO and owner of Harry Krantz, LLC, New York, NY, was ordered to pay $402,500 in restitution resulting from his guilty plea on December 10, 2015.

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Date: 04.03.2016

Former Rhode Island Company Owner Ordered To Pay Over $400,000 in Restitution for Role in Unapproved Aircraft Parts Scheme in Connecticut

On March 18, 2016, Jeffrey Warga, owner of Rhode Island-based Bay Components, was ordered to pay $402,500 in restitution resulting from his guilty plea on December 12, 2014.

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Date: 03.18.2016

Aircraft Parts Inspector Sentenced for False Certifications on Aircraft Part Repairs

Carlos L. Marchini, former general manager and chief inspector for Marchini Instruments, Inc., Miami, FL, was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 01.24.2003

Two Officials of California Aircraft Parts Brokerage Firm Sentenced to Combined 22 Years in Jail and Ordered to Pay Nearly $5.5 Million in Case Involving Substitution of Flight-Critical Parts

On November 28, Amanullah J. Khan, former owner/operator of United Aircraft & Electronics, Inc. (UAE), Anaheim, CA, was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 11.28.2005

Former Detroit Parts Manufacturer Vice President Sentenced to 6 Months Incarceration for Aircraft Parts Fraud

On November 15, 2007, Andrew Maliskewski, former Anco Tech Inc. (ANCO) Vice President and Quality Assurance Manager, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Detroit, Michigan, to six months incarceration in a halfway house and 24 months probation.

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Date: 11.15.2007

South Florida Aircraft Parts Broker Employee Pleads Guilty To Aircraft Parts Fraud

On June 3, 2011, in the U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, Mr.

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Date: 06.03.2011

South Florida Repair Station Owner Jailed for Aircraft Parts Fraud

On June 17, 2010, Jorge Cascante, owner and operator of Cas Honeycomb, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Repair Station located in Miami, Florida, was sentenced in United States District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Florida to 30 months imprisonm

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Date: 06.17.2010

South Florida Man Sentenced In Aircraft Parts Fraud Scheme

On November 18, 2011, Kudus Amodu was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 11.18.2011

Arizona Man Sentenced, Ordered to Pay $24,700 Involving Aircraft Parts Fraud Scheme

On September 26, 2005, Joseph P. Smyth, III, of Phoenix, AZ ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Phoenix to pay restitution of $24,700 for conspiring to commit aircraft parts fraud.

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Date: 09.26.2005

Improper Heat Treatment of Aircraft Parts Charged in Indictment of Hydroform and Temperform

Hydroform USA, Inc., Carson, CA, a large manufacturer of aluminum alloy parts for military, aerospace, and commercial aircraft, along with its subsidiary Temperform USA, LLC, La Mirada, CA, and three managers were charged in U.S.

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Date: 07.03.2003

Texas Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud Involving Sale of Aircraft Parts

On October 1, 2018, Zachary Symm, a former aircraft parts broker for the Government/Military Marketing Department of Flight Director, Inc., Austin, Texas, was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 10.01.2018

South Florida Men Sentenced and Another Pleads Guilty in Connection with Aircraft Parts Fraud

On August 26, 2011, in U.S.

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Date: 08.26.2011

Aircraft Parts Broker Jailed

Richard Tuebner, owner of RMT & Co., an aircraft parts brokerage firm in Cincinnati, OH, that sells aircraft parts for charter aircraft, was sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 10.18.2002

Employee of Aerospace Metals Company Ordered to Pay $213,402 in Restitution In Aerospace Parts Fraud Case

On June 20, Russell Cohen, a former sales manager for M&M International Aerospace Metals, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced by a U.S.

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Date: 06.20.2007

Former Aircraft Parts Supplier Sentenced for Fraud Involving Aircraft Parts

On October 7, 2010, Mark Holiday, former owner of Sky Controls, Inc.

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Date: 10.07.2010

Former Aircraft Parts Salesman Sentenced for Falsifying Aircraft Parts Records

On October 22, 2013, Ronald Shabbot pleaded guilty to falsifying a governmental record and was sentenced to 24 months probation in Tarrant County District Court, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Date: 10.22.2013

Aircraft Parts Distributor Indicted and Arrested

Patrick Philpot, owner of Panther Electronics, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Lauderdale on charges related to the sale of parts used in radar and communication systems on several military aircraft.

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Date: 05.25.2004

California Aircraft Parts Brokerage and Manager are Convicted of Conspiracy and Fraud Involving Misrepresentation of Aircraft Parts

On July 10, following a two-week trial, Standby Parts, Inc. (Standby) an El Segundo, CA aircraft parts brokerage and Herik Johansen, its operator/manager were found guilty in U.S.

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Date: 07.10.2006

Former Quality Assurance Manager and Supervisor of Detroit Parts Manufacturer Sentenced for Aircraft Parts Fraud

On February 12, 2008, Alan Maliszewski and Elaine Slomsky, former Quality Assurance Manager and former Quality Assurance Supervisor, respectively, for aircraft parts manufacturer Anco-Tech Inc. (Anco), were sentenced in U.S.

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Date: 02.12.2008

Florida Aircraft Parts Supplier Ordered Jailed For 78 Months For Falsely Certifying Aircraft Parts

On March 9, George Myles, Jr., owner of Miles Aviation, Inc., was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami, Florida, to 78 months imprisonment for making materially fraudulent representations concerning the condition of aircraft parts.

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Date: 03.09.2007

South Florida Aircraft Parts Inspector Pleads Guilty to a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy

On May 24, 2012, Geovanni Hernandez, former inspector, Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Ft.

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Date: 05.24.2012


 If this list inspires you to double check how you fill out the Form 8130-3, remember sloppy records matter [the OIG will try to prove that careless= intent], here are some instructive articles on SUPs:

FAA Alleges That GEE-BEE Aeroproducts Sold Suspected Unapproved Parts-CONSEQUENCES

Criminal Parts Conviction Impacts Seller, But Should Be A Useful FAA Caveat Emptor Lesson

OIG Report On SUPs Should Reenergize FAA & Remind Industry Of The Risk

DoT OIG’s Audit Signals “What’s SUP”? You May Need To Improve Your FAA Knowledge, SOON.

What’s A SUP-MIDO Issues A UPN And AIR 800 Rescinds It?

What To Do About The Scourge Of SUPs—Some Thoughts

The +S And -S Of PMA

There Can Be Criminal Consequences To SUP Stupid Airworthiness Errors

SUPs Are A Scourge Of Aviation Best Attacked With Expert Knowledge

Airworthiness Of SUPs May Be Complicated, But The Allegations Here Appear To Merit Criminal Actions

Paperwork Matters; Be Careful!!!

Aerospace Parts Broker’s Intentional Fraudulent Documents Result In Civil Penalty- Paperwork Matters?!?

DAR Clearly Does Wrong, But Paperwork Care/Intent Is IMPORTANT

HORRIBLE CRIMINAL CASE WARNS CONSEQUENCES FOR BAD PAPERWORK

The compliance with the FAA’s SUP requirements is complex and occasionally “moves via office interpretation. To avoid time in an Federal Corrections Institution, you might want to raise the bars on what you know now.

 

 



 

 

 

 

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