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Flightline supervisor pleads guilty to lying about equipment tests

Rochester Business Journal
December 18, 2013

A Wayne County man has pleaded guilty to cribbing results of tests performed on military radio systems under Department of Defense contracts at Flightline Systems’ Victor facility, federal officials said Wednesday.

As a Flightline supervisor, Steve Wysocki, 50, oversaw tests of KG-40 and SH Sonobuoy radio systems, personally faking results and ordering subordinates to do the same, said Craig Gestring, an assistant U.S. Attorney in the federal prosecutor’s Buffalo office.

Flightline Systems and other Flightline employees are not identified as defendants in federal actions against Wysocki. His current status with the Victor defense contractor could not be immediately determined. 

The KG-40 is a tactical radio encryption system. The Sonobuoy device is used in anti-submarine warfare. Fake tests on the KG-40 and Sonobuoy were uncovered in a probe by FBI, Naval Criminal Investigation Service and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command agents. New testing on the devices after the fake tests were exposed cost the government an extra $299,094, officials said.

Wysocki entered guilty pleas on five counts of filing a false document. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison plus a fine of up to $250,000. He is slated to appear for sentencing in U.S. District Court in Rochester before U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci March 21.
    
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