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Aircraft Parts Owner Jailed for Violating Pretrial Order Regarding SUPs

Aman Kahn, also known as Wally Merchant, owner of United Aircraft and Electronics, in Anaheim, CA, was arrested for a second time, in this instance for violating a pretrial order not to conduct business concerning the manufacture and sale of aircraft parts. Kahn was first arrested on April 4 for selling and distributing suspect unapproved aircraft parts used in civilian and military aircraft. He was free on $1 million bail after being jailed by a U.S. District Court judge in Santa Ana, CA, on charges involving the alleged falsification of aircraft parts certifications. A third-party defense contractor notified OIG special agents that Kahn sold them unapproved lenses for a weapon system on U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft. Kahn is now in jail, where he will remain until his scheduled trial date of February 3, 2003.