Owners of Florida Aerospace Metals Supplier Jailed and Fined For Supplying Customers with Sub-Standard Metals
On February 16, 2007, the owners of M & M International Aerospace Metals, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, to pay a combined $20,600 in fines for their role in fraud involving aerospace parts. Timothy Muldoon was ordered to serve 27 months imprisonment as a result of his 2006 guilty plea to a conspiracy charge. His wife, Tina Muldoon, was ordered to serve 24 months imprisonment as a result of her guilty plea to charges of making false claims and making false statements. The couple previously paid $396,960 in restitution.
Investigation found that the Muldoons' instructed M&M employees to alter test certificates from metals-testing laboratories and certificates of compliance from metal distributors when test results and specifications listed on these documents did not conform to the customers' metal specifications and purchase order requirements. M&M supplied raw metals to the aerospace community, including NASA, the United Space Alliance (NASA's contractor for the space shuttle fleet), the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. The materials were then used by M&M customers in various aerospace grade aluminum and stainless steel plates, pipes, flat stock, and bars. While we could not positively trace non-conforming materials to their final end users, FAA issued an unapproved parts notification in December 2005 to aircraft owners, operators, maintenance organizations, manufacturers, and parts suppliers and distributors regarding raw metal sold with altered material certification. This investigation was conducted with the Department of Energy OIG, the NASA OIG, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.