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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Airplane Mechanic Admits Roles In Conspiracy To Falsify Inspections

PHILADELPHIA - Joel Stout, 32, of Elizabethtown, PA, pleaded guilty today to participating in a fraud conspiracy involving the unauthorized certification of inspections of aircraft at the Flying Tigers, Inc., a former airplane mechanical repair business in Marietta, PA. Stout’s father, Jay Stout, the president of Flying Tigers, Inc., and Howard Gunter, a retired FAA examiner, are also charged in the scheme which involved aircraft parts and inspections. Stout pleaded guilty to all seven counts of conspiracy and mail fraud charged.

Between October 2006 and October 2009, Joel Stout was employed as a Flying Tigers’ airplane mechanic. His inspection authority certification had expired on March 31, 2006. Flying Tigers performed annual inspections on aircraft, despite the absence of a certified mechanic with inspection authority. In order to conceal the absence of an IA, Flying Tigers, Joel Stout and his conspirators: did not fill out the aircraft and engine log books, leaving no written record of the inspections; forged the signature of a certified mechanic as having performed inspections; arranged

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