South Florida Men Sentenced and Another Pleads Guilty in Connection with Aircraft Parts Fraud
On August 26, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Miami, Florida, Hector Sorvik, aka Hector Arias, and Saif Cheema were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas to charges that they falsified aircraft parts traceability documentation while employed with Daytona Aerospace, Inc., a South Florida aircraft parts broker and licensed Department of Defense (DOD) contractor. Mr. Sorvik and Mr. Cheema were each sentenced to five months incarceration, three years supervised release, with the first five months under house arrest, $16,000 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment. In addition, Kudus Amodu , another Daytona Aerospace, Inc. employee, pled guilty to charges he falsified aircraft parts traceability documentation while employed at Dayton.
This investigation was based on allegations that a conspiracy existed in which companies who were not approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or DoD had manufactured aircraft parts 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.