Airport authority pledges cooperation with federal probe

Federal agents today executed a search warrant at the administrative offices of Grand Junction Regional Airport, while airport authorities say they’re in the dark about the matter.

Denny Granum, board chairman of the airport authority, said in a statement they haven’t been told about the purpose of any federal investigation. He acknowledged agents showed up today with a warrant “to produce certain financial records.”

“The Airport Authority will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities so this investigation can be completed as soon as possible,” the statement said.

FBI spokesman Dave Joly told the Sentinel that the FBI and the U.S. Department of Transportation were involved in executing the warrant, which relates to fraud allegations. The fraud allegations involve airport administration, he said. Joly declined to go into more detail about the warrant or investigation.

Records in case are sealed under court order.

Joly said no arrests have been made.

The Sentinel left a message seeking comment from airport Director of Aviation Rex Tippetts.

Granum’s statement said airport operations are not expected to be disrupted.

Check back with GJSentinel.com for updates and read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.



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