On June 6, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas convicted and sentenced Ronald P. Franklin for knowingly and willfully falsifying an aircraft's annual inspection records. Franklin had pleaded guilty to making a false statement and admitted to fraudulently claiming to be an Inspection Authorization holder. Franklin also falsely certified an annual inspection on an aircraft. The aircraft subsequently experienced an in-flight power loss leading to a crash.
Franklin was sentenced to 3 years of probation, $60,000 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from FAA.