Ashland Airport on the Dead Indian Memorial Road...
Dave Lewis' Mountain Peak in the Background. " Keeper of the Mtn. "
It took four years minimum and a lot of lies to cut-through, but the FBI rooted out TRUTH.
SKY not the only CRIMINAL activity on the Dead Indian Road.
Oregon Defense Contractor Target of Investigation
July 25, 2012
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Federal authorities are investigating whether a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager made sure an Oregon defense contractor won nearly $160 million worth of contracts as part of a cozy relationship that included snowboarding and fishing vacations, trips to Singapore and Bali, and sex with female employees hired to work with him.
Affidavits filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene outline findings and witness statements that allege Jerry Hodgson, a program manager for the corps in Omaha, Neb., rigged bids on eight contracts dating back to 2004 for Sky Research Inc. of Ashland. The company specializes in aerial surveys of old military bombing and gunnery ranges to find old weapons debris.
No charges have been filed.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean B. Hoar said the investigation is ongoing.
“We take seriously our role as a financial steward of the public’s money and the trust that is put into us,” said corps Omaha District Assistant Special Counsel Tom Tracy. “We are looking into the allegations, and taking them seriously.”
An attorney for Hodgson said the allegations against his client were unfounded.
“Mr. Hodgson has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the Omaha District of the Army Corps of Engineers,” his attorney Andrew D. Strotman said in an email. “These allegations are unfounded and inaccurately portray the contracting practices of both Mr. Hodgson and the Omaha District.”
Attorneys for Sky Research owners Sky (his singular legal name) and his wife, Anne Sky, did not immediately return calls for comment. An attorney for Sky Research issued a statement denying the allegations.
“Although the company has not had much time to examine the information released last week, it appears that the accusation against it is the product of rumor and speculation,” Douglass H. Schmor said in a statement. “The company is finally in a position to gather evidence and other information about the accusation and is confident that it will be able to rebut it.”
The investigation was first reported by the Eugene Register-Guard.
Based on the affidavits, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene authorized search warrants that seized computers and records from offices of Sky Research in Oregon and Colorado and the homes of Sky and his wife, as well as Hodgson’s personal email account, according to court records unsealed last week.
The investigation focused on potential charges of bribery of a public official, conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, padding bids and bid rigging, affidavits said.
U.S. Army Special Agent Derek W. Lindbom wrote that the investigation was sparked by a confidential informant who contacted the Army’s inspector general in 2010 with allegations that Hodgson returned bids to Sky Research with instructions on how to change them so they would be sure to win a contract, that Sky Research hired personal assistants to work just with him, and that Hodgson arranged for their salaries to be billed to the government.
The informant also alleged that the Skys billed the government for a vacation to Singapore and Bali, listing it as a marketing cost, Hodgson arranged for them to be paid advances for work not yet finished to carry them through slow periods, the Skys arranged for cars to be sold below cost to Hodgson, and bought an airplane from Hodgson’s son, which was upgraded at government expense.
When an investigator interviewed Hodgson, he admitted taking his kids on annual snowboarding vacations with Sky and his kids, and considered Sky a good friend, the affidavits said. Shown invoices for a fishing trip to Alaska paid for by Sky, Hodgson said he paid him back in cash, but couldn’t recall which account he had withdrawn the money from.
Hodgson also acknowledged having a romantic relationship with one woman who worked at Sky Research, which included sex, and having sex with two others, an affidavit said. One former Sky Research program manager said she was fired after refusing to have sex with Hodgson.
Hodgson denied statements from women who worked at Sky Research that he sat in on hiring interviews for women who would be working with him.
Hodgson told investigators he first met Sky in 1997 or 1998 when working on a project at the former Lowry Bombing and Gunnery Range outside Denver.
Sky Research has an office in the Denver suburb of Englewood and a residence in Centennial, Colo., where employees told investigators that Hodgson was a frequent guest who was lavishly wined and dined because he was responsible for all the company’s contracts.
The affidavit includes excerpts from emails indicating Hodgson told Sky Research how to massage bids to be sure to win a contract, and offered to pad contracts with extra money.
“Based on discussions with afcee (Air Force Center for Engineering and Environment) today I think this will get funded – to whatever level I decide is appropriate,” read one from Hodgson to a Sky Research employee. “So we’ll want a scope put together (draft for me to massage) and an estimate (detailed) as we need it ready to go – timing is the key, plan is to capture monies I send back on other projects … can’t let it sit or someone else will grab it – that’s why we need a “firm” cost/number. This is a huge deal for us and will put us so far ahead of everyone else doing this.”
Former Sky Research project manager Andrew Biaggi told Lindbom that on a contract for work at Dyess Air Force Base outside Abilene, Texas, Hodgson told him to bid on work for 50 acres, when the site was actually only half an acre.
Former Sky Research senior accountant Kimberly Walker told investigators she recalled one project in Puerto Rico had a profit of 400 percent. She said excess profits from one project were routinely used to cover cost overruns on another, a practice they referred to as “Jerrying.”
Cayla Vitko, who formerly worked in accounts payable for Sky Research, told investigators that when she questioned expenses related to Hodgson, “She was told they needed to keep Hodgson happy because they get all of their contracts from him,” an affidavit said."
$ 4 Sale... Sky Research Hangar - accounted for as an asset?
Ashland Municipal Airport. City of Ashland Has First Rights.
Jul 26, 2012 - Their company is named in a U.S. Army corruption investigation...
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Dave's son Casey, worked at the airport & Dave's mountain peak Summit home in the background.
Larry Graves formerly of Ashland Airport, now Josephine County - -
Where the citizens are not happy with Manor Developments, or Erickson Aircrane wanting Illinois Valley access. Stay tuned in... Manor Developments and tax debt; another group the FBI should gaze upon...
Manor Communities ridiculousness... 30 year lease. Not. Josephine County Airport, Cave Junction Oregon.
With NorWester? Or whatever they were going to do...
Illinois Valley airport and the DRONE Proposal...not happening. Commissioner Simon Hare being recalled - - - after nearly hitting a police car; driving drunk and leaving a strip-club in Eugene... in his mind, no need to resign...move along, nothing to see here?
Ashland Airport on Dave's road.
A sleepy little, happy little airport. Until: Ego. Greed. Corruption
William Henry Hovelman Jr.
Goes Down. Federally:
" Federal prosecutors claim an Ashland research and development firm bribed a government official for help in acquiring nine U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracts worth $171 million.
The claim was made Thursday in the first filing in federal court on the case in three years. Sky Research Inc.'s owner, who goes by the single name Sky, is scheduled to enter a plea at 11 a.m. Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland before Judge Marco A. Hernandez.
Federal prosecutors have been investigating Sky Research, whose headquarters are located near the Ashland airport, since 2010. In March 2012, federal agents seized thousands of payroll, tax and personal finance documents as well as digital data and other items from the company offices and the home of Sky and his wife, Anne Sky, in 1000 block of East Main Street.
Sky Research Inc. specializes in aerial mapping, geophysical surveys and remote sensing, and developed equipment for detecting unexploded material. The company's products were put to use in decommissioned military ranges and other areas that could harbor live munitions.
Prosecutors intend to seek a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States against Sky Research Inc., also known as SRI, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Portland. They allege SRI bribed Jerry Hodgson, Corps program manager who oversaw the Department of Defense's Military Munitions Response Program in Omaha, Neb., with trips and other gifts over 11 years in exchange for steering $171 million worth of contracts to the company. SRI received $77 million total under the nine contracts, the latest court filing states.
The bribes included a car, an Alaskan fishing expedition, meals and accommodations in Costa Rica and Vietnam and $4,000 in cash, among other items, according to Thursday's filing. Affidavits filed in 2012 also allege the Skys provided Hodgson with three personal assistants over a span of eight years to fulfill sexual favors for him.
The earlier affidavits allege Hodgson's insider help on the company's bids was so well known that some employees used the term "Jerrying it" when referring to an upcoming contract the company intended to fix.
Sky could not be reached for comment. His wife, Anne Sky, told The Oregonian she could not comment when reached Thursday. She is listed as the company's vice president."
It's all good, until it's now. Then there is still corruption on the Dead Indian Road. Why didn't the employees who knew (or should have known, or suspected "Jerrying," corruption) come forward sooner? One brave woman finally told the truth.
Then the house of cards came tumbling down.
- Federal Inmate Number and Beyond Well Deserved.
Dead Indian Road, turn off to upper lakes, Lindsay Place.
Where the meeting 9/3/08 of "Developers" took place.
The night of the murder & body burning & assassination / execution of
David Edwin Lewis. "Keeper of the Mountain."
" In the interest of Justice "
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Fact check all the lot, at Ashland Airport
Ashland Oregon on Dave's Road to San Jose... know the way?
...field proven high sensitivity magnetic sensing equipment that has been deployed in military situations to interdict person-borne IED’s ...can be hidden in public within road blocks, flower pots, etc. to be unobtrusive and undetectable ...