Mon, Feb 09, 2009
Suspiciously Low Price Led Buyer To Check Serial Numbers
A mechanic employed by the Cessna Aircraft Company has been
caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar, stealing
aircraft parts and selling them on eBay.
The Wichita Eagle reports Diego Alejandro Paz Teran, 31, was
charged in federal court with the sale of stolen property.
Conviction on the charges carries a top penalty of 10 years in
federal prison and up to $250,000 fine.
Investigators were drawn to the case last November when an
employee of a Rockwell Collins distributor, checking for bargains
on eBay, noticed an expensive piece of avionics being sold for too
low a price.
A $45,000 Collins AHC-3000 Attitude Reference Computer listed
for only $9,000 caught the eye of the Collins employee - who, being
familiar with the unit, asked the seller for serial numbers.
Tracing the parts to an aircraft being painted, investigators
determined other parts listed online by the seller were also
Cessna officials could not comment specifically on a case in
progress, but suggested nothing is necessarily amiss when aircraft
parts are sold online. "There's a lot of people out selling parts
legally on the Internet," company spokesman Doug Oliver said.
US Justice Department spokesman Jim Cross said the scam was a
new one on him. In five years of working for the department, Cross
said it was the first time he'd heard of a Wichita aircraft
manufacturer employee stealing and reselling parts.
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