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Flying Tigers owner convicted in inspection scheme

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A federal jury in Philadelphia has convicted a former airplane repair business in Lancaster County and its owner in a scheme to falsify inspections.

Jay Stout, 55, formerly of Elizabethtown, and Flying Tigers, Inc., of Marietta, were found guilty Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, fraud, mail fraud and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Stout was indicted in August 2012 with his son, 33-year-old Joel Stout of Elizabethtown, who previously pleaded guilty and will be sentenced May 6.

Prosecutors said between October 2003 and January 2010, Stout charged customers for annual aircraft inspections despite the absence of a certified mechanic, then prepared fraudulent certifications for the airplane and engine log books or, on other occasions, failed to create the necessary certification at all.

When Jay Stout learned in late 2007 that federal authorities were investigating the log book entries of Flying Tigers customers, he intentionally altered log books in an effort to conceal his fraud, prosecutors said.

He faces a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison, possible restitution to his victims, and three years of supervised release.


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