Local News in Brief : 4 at Defense Firm Guilty

Four men who operated a South Gate machine shop pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles Monday to charges that they conspired to supply the Defense Department with untested or improperly manufactured parts for military aircraft and ground-support systems.

The men, who operated A & R Precision, admitted to falsely claiming that parts for military aircraft such as the F-111, F-16, F-15, F-4 and A-7 were made and tested according to required procedures.

Pleading guilty to one count each of conspiracy and three counts each of making false statements were co-owners Robert Cejka, 53, of Rolling Hills Estates, and Alberto Herrera, 50, of Norwalk, and quality assurance managers Marshall Westermark, 39, of Whittier, and David Sedillo, 42, of South Gate.

The four face up to 20 years in prison and a $1-million fine when sentenced Sept. 26 by U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima.

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