Phoenix defense contractor gets prison in fraud case

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix defense contractor has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for manufacturing defective aircraft parts and falsifying safety records.

Prosecutors say 45-year-old Malcom Robert Markson, of Peoria, previously pleaded guilty to fraud and obstructing a federal investigation.

The former owner of Action Machine was sentenced Monday.

Between 2009 and 2012, prosecutors say Markson's company obtained a series of contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to manufacture wing pins for F-15 fighter jets.

The contracts contained detailed design specifications that required Action Machine to use a particular type of hardened steel and subject the wing pins to a safety inspection process.

Prosecutors say some of the 212 wing pins were made with the wrong type of steel and some hadn't been subjected to the required safety testing.

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