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South Florida Man Sentenced In Aircraft Parts Fraud Scheme

On November 18, 2011, Kudus Amodu was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, for his involvement in falsifying aircraft parts documentation while employed with Daytona Aerospace, Inc., a South Florida aircraft parts broker and licensed Department of Defense contractor.  Mr. Amodu was sentenced to two years probation, of which six months will be served in home confinement, and ordered to pay $1,458 in restitution.

Mr. Amodu previously pled guilty and admitted to making a false statment on an "ATA 106 Part or Material Certification Form."  Mr. Amodu stated that an aircraft part belonging to Boeing, was in New Surplus "NS" condition and had been obtained from an FAA Part 121 carrier, when in fact, Mr. Amodu knew the aircraft part had been recently manufactured by Zerene Aircraft Inventory, an airplane parts broker in Miami, Florida, a company not authorized to manufacture Boeing parts for either the U.S. Military or the commercial aviation sector.

This investigation was based on allegations that a conspiracy existed in which companies who were not approved by the FAA or Department of Defense (DoD), had manufactured aircraft for military and civilian aircraft.  These manufacturers conspired with brokers and authorized DoD contractors to sell these unapproved aircraft parts to the United States Air Force (USAF).  In cases where the customer required supporting FAA authentication documents, brokers would further conspire with FAA repair stations to falsify FAA forms, giving the illusion that the manufactured parts had been approved by the FAA and were suitable for installation on an aircraft.

This investigation is being conducted jointly with Defense Criminal Investigative Service, USAF Office of Special Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security/US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with the Federal Aviation Administration providing technical assistance.