Earlier this month, a federal grand jury returned a 34-count indictment charging Manuel Fernandez, a former FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, and Patricia Suarez, co-owner of Avcom Avionics and Instruments, with conspiracy to bribe a public official, bribery of a public official, false statements, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud, the Department of Transportation Inspector General said in a release.
Rolando Suarez, the other co-owner of Avcom Avionics, was previously convicted and sentenced in connection with the ongoing investigation.
The indictment alleges that from approximately 2010 to 2013, Fernandez was employed with the FAA South Florida Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). Patricia Suarez and Rolando Suarez provided thousands of dollars in cash, income, credit cards, vacation cruises, airline tickets, and other things of value to Fernandez in exchange for his assistance in obtaining aviation repair manuals for the company.
The DOT IG conducted the investigation jointly with the FBI.