Two former supervisors at the Corpus Christi Army Depot have been arrested on charges of conspiracy and falsifying records related to aircraft parts.
According to U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, 57-year-old Albert Flores and 54-year old Samuel Escarena were both ordered into custody at their initial court appearance today.
Both men were indicted by a federal grand jury on one count each of conspiracy and falsifying records related to aircraft parts.
According to the indictment, Flores and Escareno allegedly ordered or coerced other CCAD employees to make false entries and certifications on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter main rotor blade dynamic balance data sheets.
According to Patrick, Flores and Escarena allegedly falsified inspection records in order for rotor blades to appear to meet specifications when they actually did not.
If convicted, Flores and Escarena both face a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
CCAD officials told KRIS that they are cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the investigation.