Family Denies Providing $7.5M In Faulty Military Parts

Law360, New York (December 21, 2011, 1:39 PM EST) -- An Oregon family accused of providing the U.S. Department of Defense with $7.5 million worth of defective parts, including a nut essential to Kiowa helicopter operation, pled not guilty Tuesday in federal court.

Harold Ray Bettencourt Jr., his company Kustom Parts Inc. and six employees including his ex-wife and three adult sons were indicted Friday in Oregon on charges including wire fraud, fraud involving aircraft parts and money laundering for allegedly providing the military with cheap knockoff parts rather than the government-specified parts they contracted to...
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