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Ex-Boeing employee is charged in vandalism case
Delco Times ^ | 1 August 2008 | Timothy Logue

Posted on 08/02/2008 5:18:39 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham

08/01/2008

Ex-Boeing employee is charged in vandalism case

By: Timothy Logue , tlogue@delcotimes.com

A former Boeing Co. aircraft mechanic is facing up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines and restitution for severing a bundle of wires on a Chinook helicopter. Advertisement

Matthew Kevin Montgomery of Trevose was formally charged Thursday with a felony count of willfully damaging property under contract to the federal government.

Montgomery, 33, severed a "two-inch bundle of over 150 electrical wires running between the cockpit and body" of the $23.8 million helicopter, according to a federal charging document. Some of the wires were linked to the Chinook's avionics and flight control systems.

"This case is not about mere vandalism," said Acting U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid. "It involves damage to property that is vital to our military. Any action that delays delivery of material or that endangers the integrity of Army aircraft affects the safety of the men and women who are serving our country, and will not be tolerated."

Montgomery is believed to have cut the wires May 10, his last day on the Chinook assembly line. The damage on the nearly-completed helicopter was discovered two days later as Montgomery was beginning his new job on the V-22 Osprey line.

A former member of United Aerospace Workers Local 1069, Montgomery was making $19 an hour prior to his arrest.

"Fortunately, this senseless act of vandalism was discovered quickly and no physical harm occurred to personnel as a result," said Ed Bradley, special agent-in-charge of Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the investigative arm of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense. "However, the potential threat to safety from such acts is serious and therefore such cases must be aggressively investigated and prosecuted."

Montgomery's attorney, public defender Mara Meehan, said she would push for leniency at sentencing if he pleads guilty or is convicted.

"Matthew has no priors, is working full-time right now and I am hoping to argue for a non-custodial sentence," she said.

Her client faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, three years supervised release, a $100 special assessment and restitution of more than $250,000.

In May, a federal judge ordered Montgomery to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and have no contact with Boeing or its employees.

While she would not speculate on Montgomery's motives, Meehan said the severed wires posed "... no risk of injury because, as I understand it, the helicopter would never (have been) able to take off."

Boeing had to remove, replace, reinstall and retest all the wires and systems relating to that set of wires and closed the plant for its investigation, costing the company more than $100,000.

Bradley said the investigation continues and a reward still stands for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for damaging the transmission of a second Chinook.

Montgomery has denied involvement. "There is no evidence whatsoever that he did anything to another aircraft," Meehan said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aerospace; boeing; chinook; helicopter; sabotage

1 posted on 08/02/2008 5:18:39 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Ten years??? Give him 50!
2 posted on 08/02/2008 5:28:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bein ein beginner")
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To: Gay State Conservative
Vandalism hell!

It was sabotage.

3 posted on 08/02/2008 5:31:16 AM PDT by sport
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To: A.A. Cunningham
"Matthew has no priors, is working full-time right now and I am hoping to argue for a non-custodial sentence," she said.

And if your client had done this during WWII,sweetie,he would have been put up against the wall.And that nation would have cheered.

4 posted on 08/02/2008 5:31:22 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bein ein beginner")
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To: sport
Vandalism hell! It was sabotage.

You got it,pal.

5 posted on 08/02/2008 5:32:32 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bein ein beginner")
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To: Gay State Conservative

You gotta love unions.


6 posted on 08/02/2008 5:33:24 AM PDT by yorkie01
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To: A.A. Cunningham

7 posted on 08/02/2008 5:35:34 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (His Negritude has made his negritude the central theme of this campaign)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
... Meehan said the severed wires posed "... no risk of injury because, as I understand it, the helicopter would never (have been) able to take off."

So if the sabotaged helicopter injures or kills its passengers and crew on the ground, it's OK by this public defender?

8 posted on 08/02/2008 5:40:54 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Your compassion is showing.

He needs to take helo ride, and be let out at 10,000 ft.

Calling this vandalism lessens the crime, this was sabotage, thank God they caught him before he sabo’d an Osprey.


9 posted on 08/02/2008 5:41:18 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Gay State Conservative

The punishment for sabotage during time of war is 30 years. Maybe the reason they can’t charge it is because the damned idiots in Congress has never formally declared war.


10 posted on 08/02/2008 5:43:14 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Nailbiter

18 U.S.C. § 2156. Production of defective national-defense material, national-defense premises, or national-defense utilities

(a) Whoever, with intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of the United States, willfully makes, constructs, or attempts to make or construct in a defective manner, any national-defense material, national-defense premises or national-defense utilities, or any tool, implement, machine, utensil, or receptacle used or employed in making, producing, manufacturing, or repairing any such national-defense material, national-defense premises or national-defense utilities, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.


11 posted on 08/02/2008 5:44:48 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: jriemer
The helicopter wasn't going anywhere. What he did wasn't subtle...

This sounds like a union thing... Bill the union too...

12 posted on 08/02/2008 5:46:40 AM PDT by DB
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To: mvpel

Time to change that law.

Willful vandalism of material destined for Military personnell should be capital offense.

Upon conviction there should be only one sentence, death.


13 posted on 08/02/2008 5:47:05 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: mvpel
The punishment for sabotage during time of war is 30 years. Maybe the reason they can’t charge it is because the damned idiots in Congress has never formally declared war.

It's not like he was the New York Times publishing leaked Classified Information, or anything.

14 posted on 08/02/2008 5:47:40 AM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Montgomery's attorney, public defender Mara Meehan, said she would push for leniency at sentencing if he pleads guilty or is convicted.

WTF?

15 posted on 08/02/2008 6:15:53 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Take him up and toss him out. No chute.


16 posted on 08/02/2008 6:54:35 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
...facing up to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines and restitution for severing a bundle of wires on a Chinook helicopter.

Not enough. Make it 50 years or more.
17 posted on 08/02/2008 7:15:00 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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Bradley said the investigation continues and a reward still stands for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for damaging the transmission of a second Chinook.

This sounds quite serious. Possibly like the kind of problem in which a Chinook can take off before suffering a catastrophic MLF.

Perhaps Mr. Mongomery could be in the "loop" here too, and might like to trade a few decades worth of additional incarceration for some info?

As a Navy and Marine Dad, I'd like to volunteer for Mongomery's jury.

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18 posted on 08/02/2008 8:08:21 AM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

If he pleads or is convicted he deserves a max sentence no matter how much sobbing Ms. Meehan does.


19 posted on 08/02/2008 8:21:17 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Matthew has no priors, is working full-time right now... WHERE??? better not still be at Boeing.
20 posted on 08/02/2008 8:44:47 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -CTHULHU/NYARLATHOTEP'08 = Nothing LESS!!!)
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To: Chode
"Bradley said the investigation continues and a reward still stands for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for damaging the transmission of a second Chinook."

Look for the Union Label ....
21 posted on 08/02/2008 9:16:22 AM PDT by ktime
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To: sport
It was sabotage.

I'd call it treason - putting our soldiers at risk.

22 posted on 08/02/2008 9:29:30 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"Montgomery's attorney, public defender Mara Meehan, said she would push for leniency at sentencing if he pleads guilty or is convicted. WTF? "

The loyer knows the phuque is guilty and is telling us ... he's done.

The only unknown is the penalty.

23 posted on 08/02/2008 10:05:24 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: aimhigh

That too.


24 posted on 08/02/2008 10:31:44 AM PDT by sport
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To: milford421; DAVEY CROCKETT; Velveeta; Calpernia

Ping.....it was 2 sets of sabotage.


25 posted on 08/03/2008 1:20:43 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1990507/posts?page=451 SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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To: Travis McGee

Yep...he’s a saboteur, throw him out the door.

Ed


26 posted on 08/04/2008 11:47:14 AM PDT by Sir_Ed
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