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FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Pleads Guilty to Theft in False Military Leave Scheme

On January 29, 2008, Emilio Estrada, Aviation Safety Inspector (GS–14) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pled guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, to theft of government property. DOT/OIG’s investigation revealed that from 2000 through July 2006, Mr. Estrada requested and was granted military leave on 19 different occasions, which cost the FAA $24,432.28. Mr. Estrada told co–workers he was an Air Force General; however, Mr. Estrada was not eligible for military leave because he had separated from the D.C. Air National Guard Bureau in 1991. Mr. Estrada, who has been on paid administrative leave, made full restitution to FAA in advance of the plea proceedings. His sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2008.