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FAA REPAIR STATION OWNER AND CHIEF INSPECTOR SENTENCED FOR COMMITTING FRAUD INVOLVING AIRCRAFT PARTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2011

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Marlies T. Gonzalez, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General (USDOT-OIG), Miami Field Office, announced yesterday’s sentencing of defendants Guillermo Galvan, 57, of Miami Lakes, and Jorge Gomez, 47, of Miami, following their convictions for fraud involving aircraft parts, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 38.

At yesterday’s hearing, U.S. Senior District Judge Paul C. Huck sentenced Guillermo Galvan to 5 years of probation. As a special condition of probation, Galvan was ordered to complete 150 community service hours a year and pay a fine of $50,000. Jorge Gomez was similarly sentenced to 5 years of probation. As a special condition of probation, Gomez was ordered to complete 165 community service hours a year and pay a fine of $7,500.

Galvan was the owner of Aviation Engine Services (AES), a Miami-based FAA certificated Repair Station that possessed the capability to repair and/or overhaul 80% of the jet engines currently in use by commercial airlines worldwide. His Chief Inspector and Account Manager was co-defendant Jorge Gomez. Both were convicted of making materially fraudulent representations concerning the timely certification of gauges used in the maintenance and overhaul of aircraft engines. Specifically, the USDOT-OIG, with the assistance of the FAA, discovered that AES had performed maintenance, returned aircraft parts to service, and had issued FAA form 8130-3's using tools and equipment that had not been timely calibrated.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the United States Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General, and thanked the Federal Aviation Administration for their valuable assistance during the course of the investigation. This case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Marc Anton.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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