Defendants in Hansen Helicopter conspiracy and fraud case request to modify release conditions


Guam – Hansen Helicopter executives have been under the close watch of US Marshals since their conditional release. Conditions include no communication with witnesses or defendants in the case. But it appears that the restrictions on communication between the defendants may ground Hansen Helicopter from carrying out business as usual.

Kenneth Crowe, Marvin Reed, Phillip Kapp, and John Walker were placed on pre-trial release in the case involving Hansen Helicopter conspiracy and fraud.

Of the three individuals, only Walker was released with the ability to communicate with employees for business purposes, as long as the discussions do not include the case.

While the motion was made to assure the safe and federally compliant operation of the company’s fleet of helicopters, and to facilitate the continued employment of approximately 120 persons employed by Hansen, the bar on the communication of the other three defendants presents some challenges for the company.

As a result Crowe has requested a modification to his released conditions to allow him to communicate about business with Reed, Kapp, and Walker.

The motion says the restrictions have the potential to curtail Hansen’s efficient and safe operations and may result in a reduction in force at the company. The motion also cites the court’s authority to revise conditions of release to reasonably ensure the safety of the community.

While the communication stipulation usually pertains to any threats a defendant may pose to the community, Crowe states that, in this case, the safety of the community is related to the absolute need for Crowe, Reed, Kapp and Walker to communicate so Hansen Helicopters can fly safely for the protection of the public, as well as aircraft pilots.

A motion hearing has been set for August 20th.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.