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The owner of a Gardena machining company was sentenced Monday to 15 months behind bars for evading taxes and violating his contract with the U.S. Army to overhaul parts used on Apache helicopters.

Bahram Bordbar, 62, owner of Prototype Engineering and Manufacturing Inc., admitted that he improperly pocketed about $320,000 from the Army, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prototype had a contract to overhaul and repair linear actuators that were used on the Army’s AH-64-A Apache helicopter. The company was not authorized to repair DC motors used in the linear actuators unless the company received specific authorization from the Army, according to the government.

According to Bordbar’s plea agreement, Prototype used an outside contractor to repair 105 DC motors when those repairs had not been approved by the military. The repaired motors were installed into overhauled linear actuators which were delivered to the Army.

The Yorba Linda resident also pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to one count of aiding and abetting in the filing of a false tax return. Bordbar paid an employee $100,000, but told the employee the money was a “gift” and that he would pay the taxes, so the employee did 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, according to the plea deal.

–City News Service

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