California Man Guilty of Submitting a False Document to the FAA
On August 8, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, Michael D. Maupin pled guilty in connection with his involvement in an aircraft repair scheme. Mr. Maupin was the Quality Assurance Manager for WECO Aerospace Systems, Incorporated (WECO), Lincoln, CA. Maupin was charged for submitting an aviation quality assurance manual to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that contained false statements. In September 2011, Mr. Maupin and five other defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce and mail fraud. The defendants are former executives and supervisors at WECO, an FAA-certified air repair station, that was purchased by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in 2007. WECO was required to use FAA approved parts and procedures in the repair and overhaul of aircraft parts however, the investigation disclosed that WECO technicians used unapproved parts during their repair.
This is a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.