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Former Aviation Company Owner Convicted and Sentenced for Falsifying FAA Certificate

On July 12, 2023, the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico convicted and sentenced Elvin M. Ortiz-Landron, former owner of Arlet Aviation, LLC, for falsifying a FAA Authorized Release Certificate. Arlet Aviation was a former FAA-approved repair facility. Ortiz was sentenced to pay a $2,500 fine and a $25 special assessment.
 
Ortiz-Landron previously pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying an official certificate, admitting that on or about June 15, 2017, while working as an accountable manager at Arlet Aviation, Ortiz-Landron knowingly completed an FAA Authorized Release Certificate certifying that an aircraft part had been overhauled in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual despite knowing the certification to be false. In 2019, Ortiz-Landron was charged via an indictment alleging that Arlet had falsified multiple FAA Authorized Release Certificates certifying that Arlet Aviation had performed overhauls of airplane propellers in accordance with Federal regulations and the applicable manufacturer's maintenance manuals.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the assistance of FAA.