Men who sold titanium to Pratt & Whitney contractor plead guilty to federal fraud charges (US)

The owners of a West Bridgewater metals firm that sold improperly sourced titanium to the aerospace industry have pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges, and could face prison time. John J. Palie Jr., 62, of Tiverton, R.I., and John J. Palie III, 42, of Plymouth, Mass., appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgwater, Conn. on Wednesday. The two admitted they lied about the source and quality of the titanium, saying the metal was certified for advancedaerospace applications, which was not true, reports the Hartford Courant. The father and son sold the titanium in 2012 and 2013 through their company, A&P Alloys Inc., to Pratt & Whitney subcontractor Lewis Machine LLC of East Hartford. A 2014 lawsuit by Pratt & Whitney parent United Technologies Corp. described the alleged fraud, and Pratt shared information with law enforcement. At one point, John J. Palie III took returned and rejected pieces of titanium, sandblasted and restamped them with the mark of a different mill, and sent them back to Lewis Machine, the Courant reports. Aerospace contractor Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, must meet strict standards for its metal supply chain. The U.S. Attorney’s office estimated that the losses to companies that purchased the fraudulently labeled titanium totaled $1.328 million.

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