Former Cessna Employee Sentenced to 18 Months for Stealing Parts from Airplanes


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Former Cessna Employee Sentenced to 18 Months for Stealing Parts from Airplanes

By Bill Goldston

March 12, 20122 -  A former Cessna employee has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling stolen aircraft parts on eBay, He also was ordered to pay $130,000 restitution.

Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran, 35, Wichita, Kansas, was an airframe and power plant mechanic at Cessna Aircraft Company pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.  

In his plea, Paz-Teran admitted he stole aircraft parts from Cessna and sold them on eBay. According to court documents, the investigation began in November 2008 when an employee of a Rockwell Collins Company distributor saw a Collins AHC-3000 Attitude Reference Computer offered for sale on eBay for $9,000.  

Knowing that the part was valued at more than $45,000, he contacted the seller and asked for serial numbers. Cessna tracked the serial numbers to a part that was 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 followed records on the account to Teran at his home in Wichita. Paz-Teran had fled to Ecuador after he was charged with stealing aircraft parts. Hea was on the run for two years before returning back to the United States. 

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom commended the U.S. Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General, the Sedgwick County Sheriff?s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster for their work on the case. 

The Cessna Aircraft Company is an airplane manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA. Their main products are general aviation aircraft. Although they are the most well known for their small, piston-powered aircraft, they also produce business jets. The company is a subsidiary of the U.S. conglomerate Textron.
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