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Hill AFB worker illegally sent F-16 parts to Indonesia, feds say

FILE — Three F-16 fighter jets taxi in off the runway at Hill Air Force Base as they take part in flight operations. A Huntsville man is facing a four-count indictment after federal investigators say he sent F-16 parts to Indonesia while working as a civi
FILE — Three F-16 fighter jets taxi in off the runway at Hill Air Force Base as they take part in flight operations. A Huntsville man is facing a four-count indictment after federal investigators say he sent F-16 parts to Indonesia while working as a civilian contractor for Hill Air Force Base.
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — A Huntsville man is facing a four-count indictment after federal investigators say he sent F-16 parts to Indonesia while working as a civilian contractor for Hill Air Force Base.

Scott A. Williams, 51, is accused of illegally exporting two F-16 Aircraft brake assemblies to Indonesia in April 2013 and of preparing a document falsely authorizing they be shipped, according to an indictment unsealed last week in Salt Lake's U.S. District Court. Williams was working with HAFB's Foreign Military Sales Program, specifically dealing with F-16 parts.

Williams also exported U.S. Air Force technical orders for F-16 aircraft and "converted to his own use, and for the use of another, technical data of F-16 aircraft through the use of an external hard drive containing U.S. Air Force orders," the indictment claims.

Williams is facing four charges: two counts of unlawful exportation of goods from the United States and one count of false statement in a document, all of which carry potential maximum sentences of 10 years in prison, and conversion of property of the United States, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Williams was arrested Feb. 19 and pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Feb. 23.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead released Williams, instructing him to avoid contact with potential victims, witnesses and co-defendants in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He was also ordered to complete a mental health examination and any recommended treatment.

A trial for Williams is set for May 2 before U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish.

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