Fraud at heights: airlines around the world were scammed

Fraud at heights: airlines around the world were scammed

Last April, the marriage celebration took place between Sarah Leddin, 33, and José Zamora Yrala, a 35-year-old Venezuelan.

However, the life of José Zamora Yrala, formerly known as a prominent DJ in Venezuela, took an unexpected turn. Currently, he is under extensive investigation due to his alleged involvement in a scandalous case of fraud related to aircraft spare parts.

This fraud specifically involves the airline’s fleet Tui in Europe, which became the eighth company affected by this scam. The transformation in Zamora’s life is surprising, going from being a DJ to becoming an expert in airplane engine parts, as reported by the newspaper. Daily Mail from London exclusively.

José Zamora currently holds the main position in AOG Technicsa company based near Brighton, south London, which is believed to have been involved in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit aircraft parts worldwide. According to the agency, Bloomberg, from Zamora, nothing has been known for months.

This scandal led to deep concern in the aviation industry, since even small alterations in the metal alloys of critical engine parts could have potentially fatal consequencesas experts and aviation safety agencies warn.

Investigation, risks and scandal

As a result, recommendations have been issued to check certain types of engines that could be at risk due to these counterfeit parts. Notably, airlines that repair airplanes have a responsibility to ensure that any component installed on an airplane is a legitimate or approved part, so the FAA lacks the resources to do so, according to a spokesperson.

It is estimated that at least 126 commercial aircraft engines around the world could have been equipped with falsified documentation because the parts do not meet the required safety standards.

According to the aforementioned news agency, Zamora began his aerospace career in 2010 as an account manager at AJW, a major engine maintenance provider, better known as Walters in aeronautical circles. From there he contacted Latin American airlines, such as AeroMéxico and Avianca, as well as the Brazilian GOL.

He subsequently went to work in the UK for Florida-based maintenance company A Telesis LLC, before founding AOG.

The investigation into AOG Technics revealed that the company apparently created fake employee profiles to boost its image and went so far as to rent “virtual” offices in the vicinity of Buckingham Palace to give the impression of having a prestigious address.

Source: Ambito

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