Former Aircraft Parts Repair Facility Salesman Indicted for Falsifying Maintenance Certificates
On May 9, 2013, Ronald Shabbott was indicted in Tarrant County, Texas, criminal court for his role in tampering with a government document.
It is alleged that Shabbott falsified a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) return-to-service tag on an aircraft computer indicator by deceiving the person who purchased the part on Ebay. While working as a salesman at an aircraft parts repair facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Shabbott stole the computer indicator from the facility's inventory. He then created a false return-to-service tag by forging another repair facility's information on the tag, indicating the part was in good working order and could be installed on an aircraft. Shabbott then advertised the computer indicator for sale on Ebay and sold it to a bidder.
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