Charges dropped for Hill AFB contractor accused of illegally shipping F-16 parts

Monday , August 07, 2017 - 2:25 PM1 comment

MITCH SHAW, Standard-Examiner Staff

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dropped all charges against a former Hill Air Force Base contractor once accused of illegally shipping F-16 parts to Indonesia. 

According to online court documents, U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish dismissed an indictment against Scott A. Williams, of Huntsville.

The dismissal came on July 27 and barred prosecutors from seeking a new indictment.

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In early 2016, Williams was charged with two counts of unlawful exportation of goods from the United States, making a false statement in a document, and conversion of property of the United States. Williams worked at Hill as a contractor with the Foreign Military Sales Program, specializing in F-16 parts.

Federal prosecutors alleged Williams sent two F-16 Aircraft brake assemblies to Indonesia, despite knowing it was against federal law.

But Parrish dismissed the case, as court documents say, “in the interest of justice” and at request of prosecutors.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, prosecutors would not comment on the reason for the request. 

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook.

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