Penn Yan man charged with falsifying inspection reports for spacecraft parts

A Penn Yan man is facing federal charges after federal prosecutors said he forged inspections on space equipment.

His actions, they say, led to the closure of a Rochester business.

Prosecutors say James Smalley of Penn Yan was employed at PMI Industries in Rochester since March 2017 as a quality assurance engineer. PMI was an aerospace precision machining service that specialized in high-tolerance machining for aerospace parts.

These parts were used in spacecrafts built by SpaceX.

Prosecutors say an independent firm that was contracted to perform quality control assurance for SpaceX found multiple source inspection reports and certifications from PMI had been falsified. They reportedly impacted critical parts used on the Falcon spacecraft.

Additionally, it was determined that 76 individual parts that were never rejected during inspection were still shipped to SpaceX.

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