Hansen Helicopters Inc. had received airworthiness certifications for 10 aircraft that were never inspected. The fleet included four helicopters severely damaged in previous accidents, one considered broken “beyond repair,” and two obtained from “a pile of scrap in Alaska,” according to a new court complaint.
New information regarding the previously sealed case against Hansen Helicopters were detailed in the complaint for forfeiture filed by the federal government in the District Court of Guam this week.
The federal government is seeking to forfeit $4.7 million worth of corporate funds seized from Hansen Helicopters and its subsidiaries following a wire fraud and money laundering investigation that later led to the conviction of Timothy Cislo, former safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Subject to forfeiture included Hansen’s $25,883.33 bank account and Caledonia Agency Inc.s’ $649,208.25, both with Bank of Hawaii in Hagatna; Walker Agricola LLC’s $1,043,262.16 with Community Bank and Trust in Neosho, Missouri; and $2.9 million in brokerage funds from the National Financial Services in Boston, Massachusetts in the name of John D. Walker.
These assets — deemed traceable to the wire fraud and money laundering that involved the purchase of a small aircraft gifted to Cislo — were seized by the government on Feb. 6, 2018 and March 7, 2018, according to the complaint filed by U.S. Attorney Shawn Anderson.
Court records indicate that Cislo gave Hansen a wholesale clearance for its 10 aircraft on Feb. 27, 2015 after receiving a Taylorcraft which the company bought for him for $22,000 — in exchange for what he called “a sign-fest.”
FAA records indicated that the Taylorcraft in question is currently registered to Cislo, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud last month.