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Tennessee Aircraft Mechanic Charged With Forgery of Aircraft Maintenance Records

On April 20, 2016, James L. Brumit, an aircraft mechanic in Nashville, TN, was indicted and charged with forgery by a Dickson County TN, Grand Jury. The indictment alleged that he forged another mechanic’s signature in the maintenance log books of a privately owned aircraft, regarding an annual inspection that he purportedly performed on July 3, 2014.

Brumit allegedly forged the mechanic’s signature because he lacked the authority and qualifications necessary to perform the annual inspection. Following the alleged unauthorized inspection, the aircraft was involved in a crash due to in-flight engine failure on July 31, 2014, in Helena, AL.

DOT-OIG is working this investigation jointly with the FBI, and the Dickson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. This case is being prosecuted by the Dickson County District Attorney’s Office.

Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.