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Archive for Monday, November 21, 2011

Former Cessna employee admits stealing airplane parts

November 21, 2011

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— A former Cessna Aircraft Co. mechanic from Wichita has pleaded guilty to stealing parts from airplanes and selling them on eBay.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran pleaded guilty Monday to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing Feb. 6.

Prosecutors said the investigation began in November 2008 when an employee of Rockwell Collins Co. noticed a $45,000 airplane computer made by Collins offered on eBay for $9,000. The Rockwell Collins worker contacted the seller and requested serial numbers.

Cessna discovered the part had been removed from an XLS Plus aircraft while it was being painted. Investigators found other stolen aircraft parts being sold on the same eBay account and traced it to Paz-Teran.

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