Cessna Worker Accused of Selling Parts on eBay

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An aircraft mechanic is charged with stealing parts from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita and selling them on eBay.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that 31-year-old Diego Alejandro Paz Teran of Wichita is charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts. If convicted, Teran faces a maximum 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

An affidavit said the investigation was launched in November after an employee of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Co. saw one of the firm's $45,000 computers advertised on eBay for $9,000.

He contacted the seller for serial numbers and then called Cessna, which matched them to a part that was removed from a Cessna XLS Plus aircraft while it was being painted.

Investigators found other stolen aircraft parts being sold on the same eBay account and tracked down Teran at his home.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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