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FAA Suspends Two Oregon Corporate Executives

On September 13, 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspended and proposed to debar Spares, Inc. executives Christine Litkei, President, and Victor Litkei, Corporate Secretary, from participating in Federal non-procurement and procurement transactions. FAA also proposed to debar Spares, which was previously suspended in 2021.
 
On July 19, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam sentenced Spares, a machine shop located in Florence, Oregon, to 5 years of probation, a $8,500 fine, a $400 special assessment, and a forfeiture of $945,165 less the value of tools and equipment used to manufacture aircraft parts forfeited by Spares. The investigation revealed that from 2007 to at least 2018, Spares received over $900,000 in payments from Hansen Helicopters, Inc., and produced at least 23 unapproved aircraft parts, including a critical tail rotor pitch change link, without the required FAA parts manufacturer approval.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with substantial assistance from FAA, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, and the Defense Logistics Agency.
 
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