FAA Indicts Two for Falsifying Aircraft Inspection
A federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court of Jacksonville, Fla., has indicted Franklin Williams and Stacy Willis on three counts of fraud involving aircraft and space vehicle parts in interstate commerce and one count of smuggling goods from the U.S. The aircraft, a Piper PA-32R-301T, was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and written off as a total loss. According to the indictment, an unidentified Brazilian national purchased the Piper from a salvage company in 2008 and arranged for Williams to have it exported to Brazil. Before the aircraft reached Brazil, the FAA coordinated with the U.S. Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection and requested to inspect the aircraft. It was returned to the Port of Jacksonville, inspected and deemed unairworthy. The investigation revealed that Williams, a certified FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic with Inspection Authorization and an FAA designated airworthiness representative, conspired with Willis, also an FAA A&P mechanic, to falsify an annual inspection and maintenance record entries for the engine and propeller so Williams could issue an FAA Export Certificate of Airworthiness. A trial date has not been scheduled. AIN’s attempts to locate Williams and Willis for comment were unsuccessful.