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Ten Contract Workers for Sikorsky Aircraft Arrested for Concealing Disqualifying Backgrounds

Ten contract employees for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford, CT, which manufactures helicopters for the U.S. Coast Guard, were arrested for lying about their criminal history, identity, or immigration status on their background applications. Because Sikorsky is a Federal contractor with access to classified information, its employees must complete background applications. The employees worked for one of four Sikorsky contractors that provide a variety of services, including maintenance. Each had an electronic “key” card giving them access to the facility. Sikorsky manufactures and supplies replacement parts for the Coast Guard’s H-60 Jayhawk helicopter, used in search-and-rescue operations and offshore law enforcement and drug interdiction. This ongoing investigation is being conducted by OIG and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, with assistance from the Social Security Administration OIG and Immigration and Naturalization Service.