GE Aerospace, an operating division of General Electric providing aircraft engines, systems, and avionics, agreed to pay more than $9.4 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) addressing allegations the company sold parts to the U.S. military without proper inspections or specifications.
GE Aerospace admitted one of its Massachusetts-based manufacturing plants occasionally “did not conduct required parts inspections and sold engines containing parts that did not meet certain required specifications to U.S. miliary customers,” the DOJ said in a press release Monday.
The activities by the plant, which occurred between July 2012 and December 2019, violated the False Claims Act, the agency stated.
Compliance considerations: Of the settlement total GE Aerospace agreed to pay, nearly $5.4 million is restitution, according to the settlement agreement.
The company received credit for disclosure, cooperation, and remediation.
“Safety is our top priority. Upon learning of these issues more than five years ago, we alerted the Department of Defense and cooperated with the government’s investigation,” said a GE Aerospace spokesperson in an emailed statement. “While these issues had no impact on the safety of the aircraft involved, we implemented significant corrective actions to ensure this does not occur again.”