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Engineer Faked SpaceX Inspection Reports, DOJ Says

Law360 (May 23, 2019, 6:40 PM EDT) -- Dozens of uninspected aerospace parts were installed in SpaceX vehicles that partook in NASA missions because a quality assurance engineer faked his inspection reports, according to a criminal complaint filed against the man in New York federal court.

James Smalley, 41, has been arrested and charged with fraud, and is facing a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine for the bogus reports he filed as an inspector with PMI Industries LLC, a SpaceX subcontractor, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

“Such fraudulent conduct jeopardizes not only the success of the program, but the lives of the brave men and women who rely on...

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