Fla. man indicted in sale of substandard fasteners

August 08, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Florida man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Baltimore in the sale of substandard fasteners, such as nuts, bolts and screws, to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office said.

Wayne Mason, 48, of De Bary, Fla., and his company, Mason Electronic Fasteners Inc. of Sanford, Fla., were charged with engaging in a multiyear scheme to defraud the government by supplying commercial grade fasteners to contractors when military grade fasteners, which have strict specifications, had been ordered.

The indictment resulted from a sting operation set up by federal law enforcement agencies, involving a fictitious Glen Burnie company that ordered fasteners from suppliers across the country.

The fasteners were bought by DOD, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said the U.S. attorney's office. Projects included a vehicle that transports nuclear weapons to aircraft, the AC130 Gunship, radar tracking pedestals and the F-22 jet fighter.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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