An expert witness said he found “inconsistencies” in Hansen Helicopters’ bank statements on the 21st day of the trial in Guam District Court.
Forensic auditor Teshara Jones testified on Tuesday about her analysis of bank statements from Hansen Helicopters and its subsidiaries as the company and Chairman John Walker continue their trial for fraud.
Jones was classified as an expert witness with experience in drawing up summaries of accounting documents for complex fraud cases, which she did in this case and often referred to her records when testifying. .
In particular, Jones was questioned by attorney Samantha Miller about wire transfers to an alleged front company, Caledonian Agency, used to cover up the fraud, of which Walker is also president.
“Have you seen in your review the evidence legitimizing these transfers?” Miller asked.
“I didn’t,” Jones replied.
“What kinds of evidence would you expect to see that you haven’t seen?”
“With funds going out, you would expect to see the description and nature of these transactions…I saw nothing in the accounting records to substantiate these transfers and the whirlwind of funds in the account,” Jones explained. “You see the money coming in, you see the money going out and there is no clear documentation or explanation in the accounting records or any other evidence that has been provided to me as to why.”
Jones testified about one transaction in particular that resembled other transfers she found in statements and amounted to $119,000.41.
A recurring theme throughout the 3-week trial so far has been that lawyers objected to their counterpart’s line of questioning, which often sparked an argument on the side.
It continued again in Tuesday’s proceedings, prompting Chief Justice Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to urge the lawyers to “calm down.”
“I don’t care about anyone’s objections, I just want to hear the answer… You have to calm down because I’m telling you it’s so much easier if the judge making the decision can hear one person at a time and not everyone jump in it,” she said.
“Take it easy,” Tydingco-Gatewood added before asking the court reporter to repeat what was said before an argument began.
The Walker and Hansen Helicopters charges stem from using unworthy and uncertified helicopters to defraud the government.