June 27, 2018
Father and Son Plead Guilty to Fraudulent Sales of Titanium to Connecticut Defense Subcontractor
On June 27, 2018, John Palie, Jr., chief executive officer, and John Palie III, manager, A&P Alloys, Inc. (A&P), West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, were with charged via information and pleaded guilty to mail fraud in U.S. District Court, Bridgeport, Connecticut. The guilty pleas to the charges relate to the sale of titanium to a defense subcontractor.
The two men acquire, sell, and ship specialty metals, including titanium, to A&P customers. In 2012 and 2013, they arranged two separate titanium sales to a Connecticut-based aircraft parts manufacturer and provided false representations about the titanium’s source and quality. The parts manufacturer supplies titanium parts to a company that manufactures engines for military and commercial aircraft.
DOT-OIG is working on this investigation with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Department of Defense OIG, and U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.