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Former Plant Manager Sentenced for False Claims About Aircraft Control Cable

David M. Waddell of Conroe, TX, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, NY to 1 year's probation including 6 months of home confinement after he pleaded guilty to making false claims to the Department of Defense and NASA about aircraft control cable. Waddell is a former plant manager for Strandflex Company, Oriskany, NY, a division of Maryland Specialty Wire. In 2001, a U.S. District Court judge in Syracuse ordered Strandflex, to pay a criminal fine of $500,000 and $100,000 in restitution for manufacturing aircraft cable and falsely certifying that it met the U.S. military specifications for manufacture and testing. The company also agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil complaint. OIGs from DoD, NASA, and DOT investigated the case.