WICHITA | An aircraft mechanic is charged with stealing parts from Cessna Aircraft in Wichita and selling them on eBay.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday that 31-year-old Diego Alejandro Paz Teran of Wichita is charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts. If convicted, Teran faces a maximum 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
An affidavit said the investigation was launched in November after an employee of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Rockwell Collins Co. saw one of the firm's $45,000 computers advertised on eBay for $9,000.
He contacted the seller for serial numbers and then called Cessna, which matched them to a part that was removed from a Cessna XLS Plus aircraft while it was being painted.
Investigators found other stolen aircraft parts being sold on the same eBay account and tracked down Teran at his home.