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Former Cessna Employee Sentenced to 18 Months Incarceration for Selling Stolen Aircraft Parts on Ebay

On March 5, 2012, Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran was sentenced in the U.S. District Court, Wichita, Kansas, to 18 months incarceration, 36 months of  probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment for interstate transportation of stolen property.  

In November 2008, an employee of a Rockwell Collins Company saw a Collins AHC-3000 Attitude Reference Computer offered for sale on eBay for $9,000.  The employee knew that the part for sale was valued at more than $45,000, so the employee contacted the seller and obtained the serial numbers.  Cessna tracked the serial numbers to a part that was removed from an XLS Plus aircraft while the aircraft was being painted.  Investigators found other stolen aircraft parts being sold on the same eBay account and followed the records on the account to Mr. Paz-Teran at his home in Wichita, Kansas.  

This investigation was conducted jointly with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Wichita, Kansas, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.