Francisca Diaz, former employee of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG), has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to mail fraud in conjunction with a scheme involving the false representation that aircraft windows had been overhauled properly when they had not. It is the continuation of a March 22 multi-count indictment filed against 16 employees of ATR and TEG for conspiracy to sell and falsely certify to commercial aviation customers the airworthiness of aircraft cockpit windows. Diaz was a bookkeeper for ATR at the time. Knowing that the operation had lost its FAA certification, she created a separate accounting system that allowed employees to be paid in cash instead of by check. The shadow system created the illusion that ATR was no longer operating as a repair station.
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