Archive for Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cessna worker accused in eBay sales

February 7, 2009

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— An aircraft mechanic is charged with stealing parts from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita and selling them on eBay.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Friday that 31-year-old Diego Alejandro Paz Teran of Wichita is charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts. If convicted, Teran faces a maximum 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

An affidavit said the investigation was launched in November after an employee of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Co. saw one of the firm’s $45,000 computers advertised on eBay for $9,000.

He contacted the seller for serial numbers and then called Cessna, which matched them to a part that was removed from a Cessna XLS Plus aircraft while it was being painted.

Investigators found other stolen aircraft parts being sold on the same eBay account and tracked down Teran at his home.

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