October 19, 2020
Owners of South Florida Company Ordered To Pay $63,195 for Falsely Certifying Commercial Aircraft Parts
On October 19, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenced Lillianne Lorenzo to 36 months’ probation, 150 hours’ community service, and a $100 special assessment. The court also sentenced Gary Partin to 60 months’ probation, including 8 months in home detention; 150 hours’ community service; and a $200 special assessment. In addition, both individuals were ordered to jointly pay restitution in the amount of $63,195. On August 6, 2020, Lorenzo and Partin pleaded guilty to aircraft parts fraud and admitted that they had sold fraudulently certified commercial aircraft parts through their companies, Airline Operation Link and Air Carrier Accessory Services.
The investigation revealed that from September 2015 through September 2016, Lorenzo and Partin conspired to alter aircraft part documentation—including FAA Form 8130–Airworthiness Approval Tag—for two jet aircraft constant speed drive components. Specifically, they fraudulently certified that the components were approved to be installed in commercial aircraft and then used the fraudulent traceability documentation to sell aircraft parts to aviation companies. Furthermore, they often collected payment without supplying the parts.
DOT-OIG and the Department of Homeland Security–Homeland Security Investigations conducted this investigation with FAA’s assistance.