Defendant used false Airworthiness Approval Tags (FAA Form 8130-3)
30 Months in Federal Prison
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“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.]:
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.
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.
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.
Thunderbird Propellers, Inc. (TPI) and Thunderbird Accessories, Inc. (TAI), both of Bethany, OK, were sentenced in U.S.
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.
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.
Carlos L. Marchini, former general manager and chief inspector for Marchini Instruments, Inc., Miami, FL, was sentenced in U.S.
On November 28, Amanullah J. Khan, former owner/operator of United Aircraft & Electronics, Inc. (UAE), Anaheim, CA, was sentenced in U.S.
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.
On June 3, 2011, in the U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, Mr.
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
On November 18, 2011, Kudus Amodu was sentenced in U.S.
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.
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.
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.
On August 26, 2011, in U.S.
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.
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.
On October 7, 2010, Mark Holiday, former owner of Sky Controls, Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Aerospace Parts Broker’s Intentional Fraudulent Documents Result In Civil Penalty- Paperwork Matters?!?
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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