Central Florida Aircraft Mechanic Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs
On July 10, 2014, Clive Ure, Leesburg, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, to falsifying airworthiness documentation for a Cessna 337 propeller. Ure, a certified Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Powerplant mechanic and owner of Aircraft Maintenance & Repair, Leesburg, Florida, made fraudulent representations and sold an unairworthy propeller to a customer in Oregon via eBay. Prior to selling the propeller, an FAA certified repair station informed Ure the propeller was no longer safe for flight. However, Ure utilized another repair station's information to falsify a logbook entry and approved the propeller for return to service.
As a result of the plea agreement, Ure was required to divest himself of any interest in his business and not to engage in any other business related to maintenance, repair, or the sale of aircraft or aircraft parts. Ure also agreed to pay restitution, in an amount to be determined, to two additional entities for failure to properly overhaul aircraft engines.
This investigation was conducted with assistance from the FAA.