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Mechanic Placed on Probation for Lying About Aircraft Inspection

Melvin Morris Kernick, of Oakland, CA, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Oakland, CA for falsely certifying that maintenance he had done on a private plane was reviewed by a certified inspector. Kernick pleaded guilty August 13 to charges of falsely representing that an annual inspection had been performed on a privately owned Aerocommander aircraft, located in Danbury, CT, by signing the name of an FAA certified inspector in the plane’s logbook. He was sentenced to 3 years’ supervised probation and ordered to pay $5,870 in restitution.