A 73-year-old convicted felon who sold substandard and knockoff parts from his Riverside business for use in commercial and military aircraft was sentenced Monday to nearly four years in federal prison.

Aman Khan, also known as Amanullah Khan, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of fraud involving interstate and foreign commerce stemming from his distribution of wheel assemblies, turbine nozzles and other items from Riverside-based California Aircraft & Avionics Corp.

U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles imposed the sentence deemed appropriate under the plea agreement and additionally ordered Khan to pay $1.53 million in victim restitution, as well as forfeit all components from his now-shuttered business.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Monday’s sentence is the second the defendant received for dealing in counterfeit or unapproved aircraft parts. In 2005, Khan received a 15 1/2-year federal prison term for falsely certifying aviation components, as well as illegally selling parts intended for military jets in China, prosecutors said.

How Khan was able to repeat a similar scam without being vetted and discovered at the outset was not disclosed.

The most recent case stemmed from Khan’s company manufacturing external and other components ordered for commercial aircraft and NATO jets, submitting documents falsely attesting to the parts’ conformance with design standards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“By selling fraudulent and unapproved parts to companies in the aircraft industry, (Khan) caused the risk that his parts would be installed on commercial and military aircraft instead of genuine aircraft parts,” according to the defendant’s plea agreement. “In so doing, he consciously and recklessly caused a risk of death or serious bodily injury to aircraft passengers and to the general public.”

How many of the parts made it into circulation, and whether they were all recalled, was not detailed in the government’s statement on the case.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement and other agencies handled the investigation.

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