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Former Plant Manager of Strandflex Pleads Guilty to Making False Claims About Aircraft Control Cable to DoD, NASA

David Waddell, a former plant manager of Strandflex Company, a division of Maryland Specialty Wire, Inc., pleaded guilty, in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, NY, to making false claims to the Department of Defense and National Aeronautics and Space Administration in connection with false certification of aircraft control cable. Last year, a U.S. District Court judge in Syracuse ordered Strandflex, of Oriskany, NY, to pay a criminal fine of $500,000 and $100,000 in restitution for manufacturing aircraft cable and falsely certifying that it met the manufacture and quality assurance testing requirements of U.S. military specification. Relying on these certifications, Strandflex customers sold the cable to Government agencies and the civilian aviation industry regulated by FAA. The company also agreed to pay $1 million to settle a civil complaint. Waddell is scheduled to be sentenced June 25, 2002. OIGs from DoD, NASA and DOT investigated the case.