Aircraft worker sentenced to federal prison for selling defective bolts to military

Sikorsky CH-53E re-fueling

“SAN DIEGO — A judge has sentenced a San Diego County aircraft worker to two years in federal prison for selling the military defective bolts for its helicopters.

U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy says 57-year-old Joel H. Potter pleaded guilty and admitted he put troops at risk. He was sentenced Monday.

Duffy says the U.S. Department of Defense discovered the problem after a bolt’s head broke off as it was being installed on a Sikorsky CH-53E helicopter, prompting a worldwide alert to the Navy and Marine Corps.”

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