Defense contractor Vista Machining Co. has been charged with making false claims about the aluminum he provided for U.S. military aircraft landing gears. Ross Hyde, owner of the company faces up to five years in prison, if convicted. But inspectors said many of his products were cheap replacements, some illegally obtained from China, which he tried to hide from the government. Substituting such knockoffs can cause serious safety problems for members of the military if the parts are used in critical systems.
But Vista has earned more than $20 million from government contracts, according to a government database. The case highlights the government’s questionable oversight of its defense contractors, who are able to keep selling Uncle Sam goods despite being repeat offenders.