Jul 9, 2015 4:33 PM by News Staff
A Redding man accused of falsely certifying more than 500 oxygen cylinders, some of which were used in aircrafts, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday.
Danniel A. Hoose, 49, previously owned and operated Shasta Fire Equipment Inc. in Redding and held a Department of Transportation permit that allowed him to certify oxygen and gas cylinders that are used in aircrafts.
Acting on an anonymous complaint, investigators discovered that between March 2013 and June 2013, Hoose was personally responsible for performing all cylinder tests at Shasta, even though Hoose's DOT certification to perform such tests had expired nearly a year earlier. Investigators also found that Shasta's re-qualification equipment was in disrepair, and that Shasta's test procedures, test accuracy, and test records failed to satisfy regulatory requirements.
According to court documents, Hoose admitted that he falsely certified more than 570 cylinders for re-use after conducting incomplete or, in some cases, no tests on those cylinders. Hoose also admitted that approximately 58 oxygen cylinders that he improperly tested or did not test were returned to service and installed in aircraft.
All of the cylinders were recovered and re-tested during the investigation.
Hoose is scheduled to be sentenced September 10, 2015. His conviction comes with a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.