DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

WILLS POINT MAN GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH FRAUDULENT STATEMENT TO FAA

            TYLER, Texas – A 55-year-old Wills Point, Texas has pleaded guilty to making a false statement in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Darryl Glen Reynolds pleaded guilty to making a false statement today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love. 

            According to information presented in court, in 2004, Reynolds incorporated and ran a non-profit corporation, Texas Firebirds Volunteer Fire Department (TFVFD), in Van Zandt County, to be used to provide aerial firefighting support.  Reynolds then applied, on behalf of TFVFD, to obtain surplus aircraft through the federal surplus property program.  One of the aircraft was a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, previously used by the U. S. Forest Service.  The Beechcraft was provided without an airworthiness certificate, which had been surrendered to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because the aircraft had been determined to have reached its useful life.  On Jan. 26, 2009, Reynolds applied to the FAA for a new airworthiness certificate for the Beechcraft, stating in the application that the original airworthiness certificate had been lost, although he knew it had been surrendered.  Reynolds was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 9, 2009 and charged with making a false statement.

            Reynolds faces up to 5 years in federal prison at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            This case is being investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Dallas Resident Agency; Office of Inspector General, General Services Administration; U. S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General; Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, Dallas Flight Standards District Office and the Special Emphasis Investigative Team; and the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alan Jackson and Frank Coan.

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