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Southern California Company Charged with Fraud Involving Aircraft Parts

On January 30, 2014, VJ Engineering, Inc. (VJE) was charged in U.S. District Court, Santa Ana, California, with fraud involving aircraft parts. VJE was charged with making a false statement on a certificate of conformance for commercial aviation parts. Additionally, VJE was charged with providing a false certificate of tests to the U.S. Department of Defense for parts shipped to the U.S. Air Force.

It is alleged that the certificates VJE submitted with the commercial and military aircraft parts falsely claimed that the parts had been subjected to a chemical process and were made of a specific type of stainless steel.  According to the manufacturer, the parts were structural and carried flight and emergency loads. If the parts failed, objects could have loosened during a landing or crash and caused injuries. 

We are conducting this investigation jointly with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Army-CID.

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.