For release on August 31, 2020
Deputy District Attorney
Public Integrity Unit
Former CEO of International Security Firm Pleads Guilty
to Concealed Weapon License Bribery Scheme
The former CEO of an international security firm specializing in executive protection pleaded guilty today to charges that he conspired to solicit the acceptance of a bribe to obtain concealed firearms permits from the Santa Clara County Sheriff.
Christian West, aka Christian Hansen, 51, the former CEO and founder of AS Solution, Inc., sought the coveted and difficult-to-obtain “CCW” licenses for himself and other employees of the company.
West, who also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to file CCW license applications with false information, will be sentenced later. Pursuant to the negotiated plea, the charged felonies will be reduced to misdemeanors at sentencing if West continues to cooperate with investigators and testify truthfully at all court hearings.
“Mr. West has cooperated with this investigation and testified truthfully to the Grand Jury about the scope of this conspiracy and bribery scheme. The law recognizes, and common sense tells us, that a person who accepts responsibility for what he did, pleads guilty, and helps redress the harm he has caused, is deserving of mitigation and a lighter sentence,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Captain James Jensen, attorney Christopher Schumb, attorney Harpaul Nahal, and business owner Michael Nichols also appeared in court this morning because of Grand Jury indictments against the four of them. Their arraignment was put over until next month. They stand accused of conspiring with West to offer a $90,000 bribe--$45,000 of which went to support Sheriff Laurie Smith’s re-election in 2018—to obtain concealed firearms permits (CCW licenses) for the company’s executive protection agents.