Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 5:58 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Aircraft repair company exec pleads guilty

An executive at a California airplane repair company has pleaded guilty to endangering aircraft by cutting corners with replacement parts not certified by regulators.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

An executive at a California airplane repair company has pleaded guilty to endangering aircraft by cutting corners with replacement parts not certified by regulators.

The U.S. attorney in Sacramento said Tuesday that Jerry Edward Kuwata, of Granite Bay, admitted to using uncertified parts and falsely certifying that the Federal Aviation Administration approved their use in aircraft repair.

Kuwata was the operations manager at Lincoln-based WECO Aerospace Systems Inc.

Six other company executives and supervisors also have been indicted. Michael Maupin and Anthony Zito each pleaded guilty to similar charges. Four others have pleaded not guilty.

Kuwata faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he's sentenced. A sentencing date hasn't been scheduled.

Investigators say they found no evidence of any accident caused by the allegedly fraudulent repairs.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Career Center Blog

Career Center Blog

Bad email habits to break today


Advertising