Federal prosecutors have charged a Little Saigon defense contractor with fraudulently certifying that equipment had been tested before purchased by the Pentagon and used on the B-52 bomber, as well as on 757 and 777 commercial aircraft.
Victor P. Nguyen, owner of VJ Engineering Inc. in Garden Grove, formally acknowledged product-testing records had been falsified for at least $220,000 worth of parts, according to a guilty plea signed this month.
The company cheated from 2009 to 2010, according to U.S. Department of Justice records.
An investigation into the scheme cost taxpayers $100,000--funds a federal prosecutor inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse will likely seek refunded.
This month, Nguyen--who apparently escaped facing personal charges--signed a guilty plea that records for at least $220,000 worth of products were fake.
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In addition to previously winning contracts with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, VJ Engineering also supplied private carriers including Continental, American and Qantas.
The business--which also operates an office in Binh Duong, Vietnam--might have some future explaining to do given that its public sales pitch has included this assertion: "We will meet and strive to exceed our customers' expectations by continuously improving our processes, products and services."