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Airport Security Co. Pleads Guilty

March 28, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ An airport security firm was sentenced Monday to two years’ probation and $110,000 in fines and restitution for failing to do background checks and complete employment forms for personnel at Miami International Airport.

Aviation Safeguards of Florida Inc. agreed to a plea bargain in December. The company could have faced up to $500,000 in fines and five years’ probation if convicted.

According to court records, Aviation Safeguards failed to complete employment verifications, including criminal history checks, at least 70 times in 1998, then lied about the lapses to federal regulators.

In some cases, the employment applications and verifications weren’t completed until after employees had been given access to secure airport areas.

The charges stemmed from the actions of the company’s former general manager in Miami, Guillermo Blanco, who pleaded guilty last year to 22 counts of giving false statements to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Aviation Safeguards provides security personnel, wheelchair operators, luggage screeners and scanners to small airlines that do not have their own.

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On the Net: Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov/

Miami International Airport: http://www.miami-airport.com/

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