Corporation Ordered to Pay $4 Million in Restitution for Fraud Scheme
On July 27, 2023, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida sentenced the Royal Air Museum, Inc., to 5 years of probation and ordered it to pay $4 million in restitution, $1 million in fines, and a $400 court assessment. In addition, three Learjet aircraft and a King Air aircraft were seized and auctioned off to authorized purchasers, which resulted in the recovery of $545,100.
The investigation revealed that the Royal Air Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, violated an agreement with the General Services Administration (GSA). The company falsified a Federal Aviation Administration registration and bill of sale documents to sell aircraft, intended for static display at the Royal Air Museum, to the general public.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with GSA-OIG, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.