A man who owns a Gardena company that contracted with the U.S. Army to overhaul linear actuators used on Apache helicopters plead guilty to violating his military contract, according to officials.
Bahram Bordbar, of Yorba Linda, admitted making unauthorized repairs to motors inside the part, officials said.
Prototype had a contract to overhaul and repair linear actuators that were used on the Army’s AH-64-A Apache helicopter.
Prototype was not authorized to repair DC motors used in the linear actuators unless the company received specific authorization from the Army, according to officials.
Bahram Bordbar, 62, the owner of Prototype Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc., pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of making false statements involving aircraft.
Bordbar admitted that his fraudulent conduct led to him improperly receiving approximately $320,000 from the Army.
Bordbar pleaded guilty in federal court. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant on October 16.
At sentencing, Bordbar is facing up to 13 years in prison.
According to a plea agreement filed in United States District Court, Prototype used an outside contractor to repair 105 DC motors when those repairs had not been approved by the military.
Those repaired motors were installed into overhauled linear actuators which were delivered to the Army.
Bordbar also pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting in the filing of a false tax return related to an employee’s tax return, according to authorities.
Bordbar paid the employee $100,000 but told the employee the money was a gift and that he would pay the taxes, which prompted the employee to not report the money as income on a federal tax return.
Bordbar has agreed to pay the Internal Revenue Service more than $28,000 to pay the employee’s back taxes.