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Owners of Florida Aerospace Metals Supplier Pleads Guilty to Supplying Customers with $854,379 in Sub-Standard Metals

On September 12, Timothy and Tina Muldoon, owners of M&M International Aerospace Metals, Inc. (M&M) Fort Lauderdale, FL, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court in Miami, FL, to fraud involving aircraft or space vehicle parts in interstate commerce, false statements, and wire fraud. Sentencing is scheduled for December 8, 2006.

M&M supplied raw metals to the aerospace community which included the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy, Lockheed-Martin-LM Aeronautics, Boeing, Honeywell, Teledyne-Brown Engineering, Northrop-Grumman, NASA and its subcontractor, United Space Alliance. M&M employees routinely changed specifications for materials they received from their suppliers to match customer requirements. Thus they created false test reports that set forth false characteristics and specifications of these metals. M & M's customers then used these non-conforming and sub-standard materials in various aerospace grade aluminum and stainless steel plates, pipes, flat stock, and bars. One such order was intended for use in the international space station.

This investigation was conducted jointly with the Department of Energy OIG, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration OIG, Defense Criminal Investigation Service, and the Air Force, Office of Special Investigations.