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Three Pennsylvania mechanics named in repair fraud scheme


Three former mechanics in Pennsylvania have been indicted on charges they defrauded aircraft owners by charging for annual inspections that were never actually completed. The three men were associated with Flying Tigers Inc., a now-defunct repair shop and flight school at a small airport about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. Two of the men, Jay and Joel Stout, had A&P certificates that expired between 2003 and 2006, but continued offering annual inspections until 2009, the federal indictment alleged. The other man, Howard Gunter, was a mechanic and former FAA inspector. They invoiced customers for work, but never actually completed the inspections and didn’t sign off on the aircraft logbooks. Once the men realized they were being investigated, they allegedly started forging logbook entries to try to cover their tracks. The scheme ran from 2006 to 2009, though it wasn’t immediately clear how many annual inspections the men claimed to have performed during that time, or how much money they collected from unwitting aircraft owners. The men face charges of parts fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. No trial date has been set.