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Complaint Filed Seeking Forfeiture of Proceeds From Alleged Unlawful Activity Committed by Aircraft Rental Company

On May 4, 2018, the Federal Government filed a civil complaint in U.S. District Court, Hagatna, Guam, requesting the forfeiture of $4,642,897 previously seized from bank accounts owned by Hansen Helicopters, Inc. (Hansen) and its owner, John D. Walker; Caledonian Agency, Inc.; and Walker Agricola, LLC. Authorities took the money on February 6 and March 7, 2018, during the execution of seizure warrants related to allegations that Walker was guilty of money laundering and wire fraud.
 
The complaint alleges that Hansen received the funds as payment for the rental of aircraft falsely certified as airworthy by then FAA inspector Timothy Cislo. According to the complaint, the funds are the proceeds of unlawful activity and thereby subject to civil forfeiture.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Internal Revenue Service–Criminal Investigation, and with technical assistance from the FAA.
 
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal and forfeiture complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.