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Owner of Tennessee Aircraft Sales Company Sentenced to More Than 3 Years in Prison for Falsifying Aircraft Maintenance Logbooks

On April 25, 2008, James Randall Jennings, resident of Goodlettsville, Tennessee and owner of Jennings Aircraft Sales, was sentenced to 37 months in prison after being convicted in July 2007 of wire fraud. Mr. Jennings falsified logbooks on a helicopter he sold and then e–mailed the false documents to the purchaser.

The DOT/OIG investigation revealed that the original manufacturer’s specifications required the helicopter engine to be overhauled after 2,200 hours of flight service. However, by falsifying the logbooks, Mr. Jennings fraudulently concealed the true hours of operation on this aircraft. By doing so, Mr. Jennings endangered the life of the purchaser and the general public, as the aircraft could not be considered safe to fly. This investigation was conducted jointly with the Federal Aviation Administration.