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Independent Aviation Consultant Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud Involving Fraudulent FAA Certificate

On December 14, 2011, Tod Anderson pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, to a one count Information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with his role in the preparation and electronic transmission of a fraudulent FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to a contractor working for the Dubai Air Wing.  

FAA requested OIG assistance regarding allegations that Mr. Anderson's business associate, who served as President of Anderson Aviation Consultants, created a fraudulent STC and four fraudulent Airplane Flight Manual Supplements.  As a result of the investigation, FAA issued a civil penalty and revoked the business associate's FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) authority.   FAA contacted the OIG after the business associate failed to pay the FAA civil penalty and allegedly created at least four additional fraudulent STCs for aircraft registered to the Dubai Air Wing.  OIG's investigative efforts disclosed that Mr. Anderson facilitated the transmission of at least one of the STC's via email.  Mr. Anderson is scheduled for sentencing on February 23, 2012.