NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has been charged with running a scheme to sell airplane parts that had been scrapped or rejected.
The U.S. attorney's office says Edgewater resident Gideon Vaisman and others bought scrapped airplane engine parts and created fake paper trails to hide the fact the parts had been rejected by licensed repair facilities. Authorities say the parts were cleaned and sanded at a facility in Suffern, N.Y., and were sold to aircraft owners.
It's unknown if any of the parts contributed to any airplane accidents.
Vaisman appeared in federal court in Newark on Tuesday to face a wire fraud conspiracy charge that carries a 20-year maximum sentence. He was released on $1 million bond, secured by equity in his home. His attorney has declined to comment.