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Tennessee Aircraft Mechanic Charged With Falsifying Aircraft Maintenance Records

On May 4, 2017, James L. Brumit was indicted by a Federal grand jury in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee, and charged with false statements, fraud concerning aircraft parts and aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleged that Brumit forged another mechanic’s signature to certify annual inspections in the maintenance logbooks for two privately owned aircraft.
 
Brumit, an aircraft mechanic in Nashville, allegedly forged the signature because he lacked the authority and qualifications to perform annual inspections. One plane crashed due to in-flight engine failure following his alleged unauthorized inspection.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Dickson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office.
 
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.