Dave Lewis Ashland Oregon

Hyatt Lake Oregon Murder of Dave Lewis

Thank You to the FBI, DOJ, True Big Law.

 They made choices.$$$ Flagrant.Abusive. Disgusting Ones.

With no thought of consequence or harm to others?

Or did it not matter because the numbers and money and greed was so grand?

 

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ORDER by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. Granting  Motion to Continue / Reset as to Sky (1) (Out of Custody). At the request of defense counsel, the Sentencing set for 8/3/2017 is RESET to 2/5/2018 at 10:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (jp) (Entered: 06/15/2017) 06/13/2017 Unopposed

Motion to Continue / Reset Sentencing by Defendant Sky. (Levine, Michael) (Entered: 06/13/2017) 02/15/2017 15 ORDER by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. Granting  Unopposed Motion to Continue / Reset Sentencing as to Sky (1). The Sentencing hearing scheduled for April 10, 2017 at 9:00am is RESET to 8/3/2017 at 10:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (jp) (Entered: 02/15/2017)

 

Date Filed #Docket Text
02/15/201715 ORDER by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. Granting  Unopposed Motion to Continue / Reset Sentencing as to Sky (1). The Sentencing hearing scheduled for April 10, 2017 at 9:00am is RESET to 8/3/2017 at 10:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (jp) (Entered: 02/15/2017)
02/09/2017 
Unopposed Motion to Continue / Reset Sentencing by Defendant Sky. (Levine, Michael) (Entered: 02/09/2017)
09/13/201613 ORDER Granting  Motion to Continue / Reset as to Sky (1 ) Sentencing is RESET FROM 10/11/2016 TO 4/10/2017 at 09:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. The Court will assume 30 minutes is sufficient for sentencing unless the parties notify the Court two weeks in advance that the sentencing will (1) be evidentiary or (2) otherwise require more time. Simultaneously filed Sentencing Memos are due no later than WEDNESDAY of week before sentencing by NOON (and by end of day deliver a hard copy to Clerk's Office Attn: Kara Scheele, Courtroom Deputy). If the Sentencing Memos are not received on time, or the Court is not advised that none will be filed, the sentencing may be rescheduled. Defendant is granted leave to file sentencing memorandum and accompanying documents under seal without further motion or order, if same contains confidential information.Signed on 9/13/2016 by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (kms) (Entered: 09/13/2016)
09/01/2016 
Unopposed Motion to Continue / Reset Sentencing by Defendant Sky. (Levine, Michael) (Entered: 09/01/2016)
07/15/2016 
OFFICIAL COURT TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS FILED Change of Plea as to Defendant Sky for date of April 18, 2016 before Judge Marco A. Hernandez, Court Reporter Amanda LeGore, telephone number 503-326-8184. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 10/17/2016. (LeGore, Amanda) (Entered: 07/15/2016)
04/18/2016 
 as to Defendant Sky.  Conditions of release Signed on 4/18/2016 by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (nini). (Entered: 04/19/2016)
04/18/2016 Statement of Facts. (bb) (Entered: 04/18/2016)
04/18/2016 Plea Petition and Order Entering Plea as to Defendant Sky signed by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. (bb) Modified on 4/20/2016 correcting judge (bb). (Entered: 04/18/2016)
04/18/2016 Plea Agreement as to Sky. (bb) (Entered: 04/18/2016)
04/18/2016 Waiver of Indictment by Sky. (bb) (Entered: 04/18/2016)
04/18/2016Minutes of Proceedings: First / Initial Appearance, Arraignment, Plea and Detention Hearing before Judge Marco A. Hernandez as to Defendant Sky. Defendant waived reading of Information. Defendant advised of charges and penalties. Defendant sworn and examined. Defendant advised of rights. Government summarized charges. Waiver of Indictment signed and accepted. Court finds defendant capable and competent to enter plea. Guilty plea entered to the 1-count Information. Court finds guilty plea to be knowing and voluntary. Plea Petition and Plea Agreement signed and accepted by the Court. ORDER - Presentence Report to be prepared by U.S. Probation. Defendant released on conditions of release pending sentencing. Sentencing is set for 10/11/2016 at 11:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. The Court will assume 30 minutes is sufficient for sentencing unless the parties notify the Court 2 weeks in advance that more time will be needed. Simultaneously filed Sentencing Memos are due no later than 09/27/2016 by NOON. If the Sentencing Memos are not received on time or the Court is not advised that none will be filed, sentencing may be rescheduled. Counsel Present for Plaintiff: Greg Nyhus.Counsel Present for Defendant: Michael Levine.(Court Reporter Amanda LeGore) (bb) (Entered: 04/18/2016)
04/15/2016Scheduling Order as to Sky. At the joint request of counsel, Arraignment, Detention Hearing and Change of Plea is SET for 4/18/2016 at 11:00AM in Portland Courtroom 14B before Judge Marco A. Hernandez. Ordered by Judge Marco A. Hernandez. ) (Entered: 04/15/2016)
04/14/2016 Notice of Case Assignment to Judge Marco A. Hernandez.  (Entered: 04/14/2016)
04/14/2016 Defendant Information Relative to a Criminal Case Sheet as to Defendant Sky. (Entered: 04/14/2016)
04/14/2016 Information as to Sky (1) count(s) 1 - Conspiracy.  (Entered: 04/14/2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Greed said, " The immorality of it all."

 

 

 

 UNITED STATES

OF
AMERICA
3:16-CR-168-HZ
v.
STATEMENT OF FACTS
SKY,
Defendant.
 
 
The United States Attorney's Office for the District
of Oregon, defendant Sky, and his counsel, Michael Levine, agree that the following facts are true, can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, and are sufficient to suppmt guilty pleas by defendant to Count One of the Information in the above-captioned case. This Statement
of Facts does not include all facts known to the government, and the government may rely on additional facts in the other phases of this case, including sentencing proceedings. Sky was the owner and president of
 SRI , headqua1tered in Ashland, Oregon. SRI is a Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) contractor that primarily worked on U.S.
 
Government contracts where they provided services for detecting unexploded ordnances.
J.H., a public official for purposes
of 18  U.S.C. § 201, was a program manager for the
United States Army Corp of Engineers (USA CE), Omaha District, Omaha, Nebraska, and oversaw the Department of  Defense MMRP. J.H.s duties, among others, included managing USA CE projects, approving claims submitted by vendors under USA CE contacts, and recommending vendors to be awarded specific contracts.
 
As to Count One, beginning on or about 2002 and continuing through and including 2013,
in the District of Oregon and elsewhere, defendant Sky and others knowingly and willfully
conspired and agreed together and with each other to commit an offense against the United States,
that is to directly and indirectly give, offer, and promise anything
of value to a public official for and because of official acts performed and to be performed by such public official in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 201(c)(l)(A).
 
To carry out that conspiracy, defendant
Sky and others provided J.H. with various things of value for and because J.H. used his position as a public official to influence or steer the awarding of nine USACE contracts to SR1 that totaled approximately $171 million in value.
 
 
In total, SRI
received $77 million under the nine contracts. The things of value included, but were not limited to, cash, accommodations, meals, entertainment, a car, golf, and fishing.
 
In furtherance of the conspiracy and to effect the objects thereof, defendant Sky and others
committed one or more of the following overt acts, among others, in the District
of Oregon and elsewhere:
In or about April 2004, defendant Sky paid for J.H. 's accommodations and meals in
Vietnam;
 
In or about September 24, 2004, SRI was awarded contract W9128F-04-D-0030 for
$3 million;
In or about March 2008, defendant Sky paid for J.H. 's accommodations and meals
in
Costa Rica;
In or about March 2008, defendant Sky paid J.H. $1000 in cash;
 
On or about July 22, 2009, defendant Sky paid J.H. $3,000 in cash;
 
On or about July 23, 2009, SRI was awarded Contract                     W9128F-09-D-0029 for $9 million
for environmental remediation services;
 
In or about September 2010, defendant Sky paid for an Alaskan fishing expedition for J.H.;
 
In or about September 2010, SRI was awarded Contract W9128F-l 0-D-0093 in the amount of$9.9 million for military munitions response services; and
 
Between in or about December 20 I 0 through in or about March 2013, SRI received more than $8.8 million under contract W9128F-10-D-0093.
 
All in violation 18 U.S.C. § 371.

 

 

 

 

SKY RESEARCH HANGAR GOES to ARS BURL BRIM jr

 

 N27746

Joseph Hovelman & Henry Hovelman alias SKY & ALL THAT ...

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                        SKY BRO          Last Export Jet to  United Kingdom.

 Aircraft Description

 
Serial Number 745 Certificate Issue Date 08/12/2004
Manufacturer Name BRITISH AEROSPACE Mode S Code (base 8 / oct) 50377005
Model JETSTREAM 3101 Mode S Code (base 16 / hex) A1FE05
Year Manufacturer 1987 Cancel Date 09/26/2012
Reason for Cancellation Exported Export To UNITED KINGDOM
Type Registration Corporation  
 
 
 
Aircraft Registration prior to Deregistration
Name SKY RESEARCH INC
Street 445 DEAD INDIAN MEMORIAL RD
City ASHLAND
State OREGON Zip Code 97520-9706
County JACKSON
Country UNITED STATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                 $ 800,000.00 Was It ?

 

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  - - Did SKY SKY declare this as an asset ? 

Was City of Ashland given first-option? Required ? When?

Why wasn't there a mention, anywhere, in Airport Minutes...about the  FBI Sky Research bust? 

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                         where did Jerry sit ? 

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 Shangra La No More.

Dave's mountain peak in the background.

25 years

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                            Was this declared as an asset ? 

 

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 This was not a " closed course."

This is the road Dave Lewis' body was found burned on.

They lied to the FAA (closed course) & were nearly caught.

Was G.Shawn Adams was proud they got away with it?

and why didn't he do anything to protect BLW?

"Advocate for women," Adams Family, that they claim to be.

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Dead Indian Road, Ashland Oregon. This is not legal.

 

And who told the FAA  what?

 

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It's all good until it's not. Then greed, hubris and EGO set in.

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 Because TRUE BIG LAW is on it now. 

 

 

Thank you!

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 AND THE FUEL FLOWAGE...AND THE TAPE RECORDINGS...

 

AND THE FACTS.

 

NO FLYING, LANDING, TRAINING AT HYATT LAKE EITHER.

" When Brim was told to stop flying at Hyatt Lake, He did not sound cooperative." 

Code Enforcement Officer of Jackson County; when Bob McNeely lied and said the training of Chinese was State of Oregon sanctioned. Then they made McNeely & Plante tear out the illegal helicopter landing pad.

 

And Mike Winters  built an illegal helicopter training tower on Winters' land on Moon Prairie & Johnson Prairie...without any permits, DEQ, or legal process. Winters then lied and try to say it was for fire fighting purposes. But the photos show foreign nationals / Chinese  & Brim 

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 Trojan Horse, Fuel Flowage, No Flight Plans, Foreign Nationals, Sex with a minor while one of Winters' " special sworn deputies" and more...  All True. All Facts. All Real. Man Up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inlaws and the Outlaws & Uncles & Sky& Junior Sky

 

 SIERRA ROMEO LLC :

" Pretty pleased with themselves "

" Self Certified Small Disadvantaged Business "  and

 

SKY RESEARCH OBTAINED GRANTS for SKY RESEARCH

" small disadvantaged female owned business "

 

For Shame. Why wasn't Anne Sky arrested & charged then?

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Dissolution in 2015:

Sierra Romeo LLC

445 Dead Indian Memorial Rd
Ashland,  OR  97520-9706

 

Location Type: Single Location
Industry: Engineering Services
Ownership: Private
Year Founded: 2007
Sales Range: $500,000 to $999,999
Employees: 1 to 5

 

Business Management
Joseph Hovelman & Haiku Sky, Owners
Contact Information
Principal: Joseph Hovelman, Owner
Business Category

Computers - Security Equip & Systems

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Products & Services

NAICS Code(s)

334511
Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing
481211
Nonscheduled Chartered Passenger Air Transportation
481212
Nonscheduled Chartered Freight Air Transportation
481219
Other Nonscheduled Air Transportation
541360
Geophysical Surveying and Mapping Services
541370
Surveying and Mapping (except Geophysical) Services

 

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 AND NICOLE...

 could never figure out that the SKY RESEARCH documents were pencil-whipped ?To the tune of tax payer, 

American Greed millions...

 

" Jerryed" the employees nick-named the bid-rigging...

 

It's all good, until it's not.

 

Then it's Mike Winters'  "Shangra-la"   no more.

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Geometrics, Inc. and Sierra Romeo LLC. Announce The Release Of A ...

www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11029084.htm
Aug 15, 2013 - Geometrics Inc. and Sierra Romeo LLC. have teamed up to create a new IED and weapon monitoring system, the Rogue Detection System

 

Geometrics Inc. and Sierra Romeo LLC. are now offering a novel person-borne IED and weapon monitoring and interdiction system aimed primarily for public and facility security. The sensors are comprised of high performance magnetometers plus additional sensors to limit false positive events (detecting an alarm situation when none exists). Applicable to screening of public sites including transportation, national monuments, polling stations, sporting events, military installations and border crossings, the device enables local law enforcement groups to receive warning of the motion of weapons or explosive devices.

The Rogue Detection System (RDS) relies on field proven high sensitivity magnetic sensing equipment that has been deployed in military situations to interdict person-borne IED’s. The system is deployed in common public containers such as road blocks or flower pots to be unobtrusive and undetectable from those being scanned. IED’s most commonly contain ball bearings, nails, or other iron objects which cannot be shielded from the detection mechanism. Weapons in general contain ferrous material which cannot be shielded. Adjustable threshold settings allow such items as keys or cell phones to pass the detection area without alarm while weapons set alarm conditions. A wireless sensor option is available.

RDS is being sold in both the US and other countries including areas where IED’s have been an issue of public security. No Export License is required. Visit the http://rds.geometrics.com site for more information and a video describing the operation and setup of the RDS system. Contact magsales(at)geometrics(dot)com for system options and a quotation. Also, you can visit us on http://www.linkedin.com/company/geometrics-inc.?trk=nav_account_sub_nav_company_admin [Linked-In __title__ Linked-In].

Geometrics is a division of OYO Corporation and headquartered in San Jose, CA. The company is a world-leading manufacturer of geophysical instruments and sensors. Founded in 1969, Geometrics began operations developing innovative magnetometers.

Sierra Romeo, LLC is a multi-faceted aviation company that provides remote sensing, enterprise GIS, aviation, maintenance, and avionics services."

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William Henry Hovelman Jr. // Sky // Inmate #

 True Big Law Comes. Watch and See. 

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 All on Dave's sleepy little, happy little road...Ashland Airport

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 Dave's mountain peak in the background...

 

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" 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.”

 

 

 

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 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."

 

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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 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. "

 

 

Federal Investigation Into Corruption Involving Defense Contracts

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 Snowboarding vacations, trips to Singapore, and sex with female employees, are just some of the allegations about a relationship between a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager and Sky Research Inc. The company, which conducts aerial surveys of old military bombing and gunnery ranges to find old weapons debris, allegedly won $160 million worth in contracts as a result of the relationship.

According to the federal database on government contracting, of the $116.9 million in contracts that Sky Research has received, 92% (or more than $107 million) have been from non-competitive contracts. Since 2001, Sky Research has received 434 federal contracts, 430 of which were with the Department of Defense. According to reporting from the Associated Press, the rigged contracts date back to 2004, which would cover all but ten contracts received by Sky Research.

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
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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.

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Ashland Airport. A sleepy little, happy little airport. 

And then EVERYTHING changed. 

 

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All on Dave's  Road ~

                 EARTH,WIND AND FIRE ~

" Federal Investigation into Corruption Involving Defense Contracts" 

 

                              Ashland Airport, Ashland Oregon.

 

            Bottom of Dave Lewis' Dead Indian Road ~  Of course ~

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Company Overview

Sky Research, Inc. provides characterization and research project management services to the federal and commercial clients, and research organizations in the United States and internationally. The company focuses on environmental remediation services, including the assessment and detection of UXO at active and formerly used military sites. It offers wide area assessment solutions to reduce the UXO remediation footprint, which include a suite of UXO characterization technologies, such as high-airborne sensors deployed on fixed-wing aircrafts, low-altitude helicopter-mounted magnetometers, and ground-based digital geophysical mapping systems. The company also provides remote sensing services, such as light detection and ranging, orthophotography, synthetic aperture radar, and hyper spectral imaging services; ground digital geophysical mapping, as well as airborne and marine digital geophysical mapping services; geographical information system and database storage services; research and development (R and D) services for internal R and D, and client sponsored geophysical projects; and various aviation services. In addition, it offers SkySAR, a polarimetric synthetic aperture radar that measures round trip travel time and the strength of pulsed microwave signals emitted by a radar antenna and reflected off a distant surface or object. The company’s services provide site wide delineation of UXO-contaminated and UXO-clear areas. Sky Research, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is based in Ashland, Oregon with additional offices in Denver, Colorado; Vancouver, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts; Hanover, New Hampshire; and Palo Alto, California

 

 

 

 

        - Bottom of Dave's Road ~Ashland Airport

                   As Advertised  Dead Indian Road 

                                 Sky Research Et. Al.

 

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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.

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Ashland Airport: One of the locations of:  Sky Research,  Joe Rice /  Recoil Suppression Systems, Alan Deboer (Lithia Motors)  airport Commission and candidate for Ashland Mayor,   et. al.

 Dave's Mountain Peak Summit in the back ground.

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The planning commission will be hearing the application tonight from Krippaheane.  The commissioner are asked to attend to answer any questions the commission may have on the variances.  Skillman and DeBoer will plan on attending. 

 

Discussion ensued regarding the proximity of the helicopter to the taxiway.   Skillman asked that the operators be reminded to leave adequate space on the taxiway."

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http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090808/NEWS/908080311

August 2009:

 

" Recent increases in hangar rental fees at the Ashland Municipal Airport have not been enough to put the airport in the black — on paper — and have raised the question of whether the city is subsidizing airplane owners.

 

 

The City Council voted unanimously in July to increase the monthly rent on many hangars by $5 a month. The rent for an older T-hangar with doors, for example, will go from $195 per month to $200.

But even with the rent increases, the airport's budget is showing a $7,976 deficit for this fiscal year.

The City Council agreed with an Ashland Airport Commission recommendation to keep the rent increases modest so the airport would remain competitive with Medford's airport.

 

Critics of that proposal note the Ashland airport has 56 hangars and a waiting list of 20 to 25 people hoping to get hangar space.

City Councilor Eric Navickas said he believes it's inappropriate to subsidize the airport when the city faces shortfalls throughout its budget.

"I see the airport as somewhat of a luxury amenity to our city," he said. "I see no reason why we should be taking on a deficit for that luxury amenity."

Navickas has proposed that the Airport Commission return to the City Council in six months with a plan for addressing the deficit. He wasn't able to get enough support from fellow councilors for that idea.

"You can try and raise your rates to meet the deficit and end up losing more business than you gain," City Councilor Russ Silbiger countered at the time.

In a later interview, Ashland Finance Director Lee Tuneberg said the airport shows a deficit on paper because city policy requires it to keep 16 percent of its annual revenues in reserves.

When revenues are compared with expenditures, however, the airport will be $9,024 in the black for 2009-10. But since the airport is required by city policy to have $17,000 in reserves, it falls short by $7,976, according to this fiscal year's city budget document.

Long-term budget projections show the airport will fall short of having enough reserves on hand at least until 2015. The shortfall will go as high as $20,487 in 2013 when the ending fund policy will call for $20,000 in reserves and the airport will also be $487 in the red on its operations.

Tuneberg said the city is not subsidizing the airport. But he said he has suggested to the Airport Commission that it charge rental rates that will allow the airport to earn enough money to meet the policy on reserve amounts.

"We're not taking money and plunking it into the airport, but we're not putting away money to keep it financially viable for the long-term," Tuneberg said. "I believe they should charge market rates. If there's a waiting list, that says to me they could raise rates to create a better reserve.

 

"Others say, 'No. The waiting list will disappear. People will go to Medford.'"

Airport Commission member Alan DeBoer, a former Ashland mayor, said the city could raise hangar rents more, but added he believes the current rates have created stable, loyal customers, while charging higher rates would lead to turnover.

 

"Do you kick out a loyal customer to make room for a person with a lot of money? he asked. "We don't want empty hangars. We want a bit of a waiting list."

DeBoer has a plane but doesn't rent a city hangar.

The Airport Commission has taken steps to improve the airport's financial health, DeBoer said.

In years past, the airport allowed private construction of hangars with the understanding that those hangars would eventually be owned by the city. The first of 11 privately built hangars is coming into city ownership in August and the city can begin collecting rent off the hangar, according to a city staff memo to the City Council.

 

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" They all need to be off that mountain, " the old cowboy said. 

 

Narry a word in the Ashland Airport Committee Minutes. Code of Corruption ? Silence ? It is everyone's business

Firm Under Investigation Over $160M In Defense Contracts - Law360

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Jul 25, 2012 – ... Army Corps of Engineers program manager in exchange for almost $160 million ... No charges have been filed, but affidavits filed in Oregon federal court show that Army official Jerry Hodgson is under investigation for possibly taking kickbacks in exchange for granting contracts to Sky Research Inc., the ...
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Jul 26, 2012 – No criminal charges have been filed so far in a federal investigation that centers ... and fraud involving the Omaha district of the Army Corps of Engineers. ... that centers on Jerry Hodgson, a program manager in the Omaha district, ... cozy relationship between Hodgson and the company's owners: Sky, who

 

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Jul 26, 2012 – No charges have been filed and attorneys for the manager and ... Court in Eugene outline findings and witness statements that allege Jerry Hodgson, ... Attorneys for Sky Research owners Sky (his singular legal name) and his ...
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    Jul 27, 2012 – wweek.com — An Associated Press story making the rounds today follows up on a stunning corruption case first reported by the Eugene ...
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    Pickner said it was very common for Sky to pay for Hodgson's meals and alcohol ... to get things for other USACE employees, but stated Hodgson was the exception. ... Kaufman said she recalled a “Jerry” task, which she said was built into every contract. ... No charges and complaints have been filed against ERRG, either.
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    Jul 21, 2012 – No charges have been filed against Sky Research Inc. or the official, Jerry Hodgson, a contract program manager with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Neb. ... Lindbom also reported that multiple employees said Hodgson gave the company sneak peeks at contract scenarios and that he advised ...
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  • Feds Investigate Oregon Defense Contractor Sky Research for Possible Rigged Contract

     

    "  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.

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    Anne Sky & Henry Hovelman junior. Alias: changed name to one name:                                     SKY 

     It's all good, until it's not. Greed & hubris?

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     - SKY RESARCH INC. OFFICE / Now Air Rescue Systems.

    Why did  Burl Brim with the assistance of Mike Winters train Chinese pilots-police/military  (considered all one in China)  and Chinese engineers et al. at Ashland Airport, ( Astoria Airport?)  and 

    Mike Winters' Moon Prairie land? Not zoned for...

      SKY RESEARCH INC. OFFICE, ASHLAND AIRPORT.

    NOW BURL BRIM / BOB COCKELL  AIR RESCUE SYSTEMS (wives don't  own   but  Burl's niece did ) 

     

     Where did Jerry Hodgson sit?  SKY Research Inc. Office

    ASHLAND OREGON AIRPORT 

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     Dave's Mountain Peak in the Background.

    JUSTICE 4 DAVE.

    JUSTICE on Dead Indian.

     

     " SKY PILOT " ...Now Federal Inmate Number...  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sky Research wins contract for $370,000

    An Ashland-based research and development firm that has been under investigation since 2010 for allegedly misusing federal funds and bribing a government official was awarded a $370,000 federal contract in September.
    In March, federal agents seized thousands of payroll, tax and personal finance documents, as well as digital data and other items from Sky Research Inc. and its owners, Sky and Anne Sky. Investigators are still sifting through the evidence, according to motions granted Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court in Eugene by Judge Thomas Coffin.
    The company specializes in aerial mapping, geophysical surveys and remote sensing, and also develops equipment for detecting unexploded material. Those products are put to use in decommissioned military ranges and other areas that harbor the threat of live munitions.
    The new contract, awarded Sept. 18 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Alexandria, Va., is for the development of aerial metallic-detection equipment.
    A Corps spokesman, Eugene Pawlik, said it is not unusual for companies to continue to land government contracts while they are under investigation.
    "Sky Research Inc. has not been excluded from receiving new contract awards. "… An investigation is not a conviction," Pawlik said in an email. "The investigation is ongoing, results of the investigation are not complete. Many firms are investigated and continue to receive contract awards throughout the federal government."
    Sky Research was awarded about $160 million in federal contracts from 2004 to 2011, the timeframe in which alleged bribes were paid to a Corps contract program manager in Omaha, Neb., according to two 40-page affidavits filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene in support of search warrants.
    No charges have been brought against the Skys or Jerry Hodgson, the Army Corps official with whom the couple allegedly dealt.
    Sky was formerly known as William Henry Hovelman Jr., according to a 1989 Josephine County divorce record.
    A confidential informant who contacted the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (known as CID) in September 2010 sparked the investigation, according to the affidavits.
    According to one of the affidavits, filed March 12 by former CID Special Agent Jason Loeffler, multiple Sky Research employees allegedly knew that Hodgson was fixing bids for the company and providing insider information about how much to bid.
    Emails seized by federal agents allegedly show Hodgson and the Sky Research employees discussing, before a bid opens, how much money the company would like to receive to fulfill an upcoming contract in order to exaggerate the size of the project and increase its profits, according to the March affidavit.
    According to an affidavit filed July 2 by CID Special Agent Derek Lindbom, an investigator on the case, about 99 percent of Sky Research's contracts are with the U.S. government.
    Hodgson maintained a close relationship with the Skys, who allegedly hired three personal assistants over a span of eight years to fulfill sexual favors for him, the affidavits state.
    Hodgson's alleged insider help on the bids was so well known within the company that some employees used the term "Jerry-ing it" when referring to an upcoming contract the company intended to fix, according to Loeffler's affidavit.
    Hodgson oversaw eight contracts totaling more than $159 million awarded to Sky Research, Lindbom's affidavit states. Most of the projects are outstanding, but the federal government has paid the firm at least $21.9 million to date, it said.
    In March, authorities seized property from Sky Research's Ashland facility, at 445 Dead Indian Memorial Road, a hangar at the Ashland Municipal Airport and one of the company's hangars in Englewood, Colo., as well as the Skys' residence in Ashland, in the 1000 block of East Main Street.
    The two affidavits cite bribery, false claims, conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and unlawful release of sensitive procurement information as suspected crimes."

     

     

     

    Sky Research & The Rest of the Story

     

    Contractor Admits To Bribes For $171M In Army Work

     

     

    Law360, Washington (April 18, 2016, 6:29 PM ET) -- The owner of Sky Research Inc. pled guilty Monday in Oregon federal court to a charge that he bribed a U.S. Army contracting official to secure $171 million in contracts for work identifying and disposing of unexploded ordnance.
    The Ashland, Oregon-based company’s mononymous owner, 73-year-old Sky, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official identified as J.H., a program manager in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Military Munitions Response Program, in a plea hearing presided over by U.S. District Judge Mario A. Hernandez, according to the court docket.

    He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence plus restitution and an up-to-$250,000 fine, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a lower sentence in exchange for his guilty plea and acceptance of responsibility, they said in a plea agreement filed in the case. Sky is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 and will remain out on bond in the meantime, the docket said.

    Counsel for Sky did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, and attempts to contact SRI for comment were unsuccessful.

    The MMRP is a remediation program intended to help identify and respond to unexploded ordnance such as land mines, discarded munitions and related contaminants at former military ranges, and to address safety, health and environmental risks, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    According to a brief criminal information filed Thursday, J.H., based in Omaha, Nebraska, was a program manager at the Corps, overseeing the MMRP. Among other responsibilities, he approved claims submitted by vendors and recommended vendors for specific contracts, the information said.

    From 2002 through 2013, Sky and several unspecified other people gave J.H. cash, paid for accommodation, entertainment, meals, and golfing and fishing trips, and bought him a car, among other “things of value,” in an attempt to induce him to award MMRP contracts to SRI, which specializes in unexploded ordnance detection, prosecutors alleged.

    J.H. steered nine contracts to SRI, worth around $171 million total, beginning with a March 2004 memorandum that recommended the company for a sole-source contract, which was awarded to SRI that September, according to the information. The company ultimately received $77 million under the contracts, prosecutors said.

    While the criminal information does not provide J.H.’s full name, it likely refers to Jerry Hodgson, a former Corps official who in affidavits filed in the court in 2012 was said to be under investigation for allegedly taking bribes from SRI. It was not immediately clear Monday whether Hodgson had also been charged in relation to the alleged bribery scheme.

    The related investigation had begun in September 2010 after the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command was tipped off about Hodgson by a confidential informant, who also claimed that the firm was engaging in illegal accounting, according to those affidavits.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin signed off on search warrants as part of that investigation, and federal agents seized documents from Sky, his wife and SRI, according to multiple local media reports at the time.

    The government is represented by Greg Nyhus, Billy J. Williams and Scott E. Bradford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

    Sky is represented by Michael R. Levine of Levine & McHenry LLC.

    The case is U.S. v. Sky, case number 3:16-cr-00168, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

    --Editing by Edrienne Su.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Michael R. Levine
    LEVINE & MCHENRY LLC
    Portland, Oregon 97204
    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON
    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, )
    ) CR No. 3:16-CR-168 HZ
    Plaintiff, )
    ) UNOPPOSED MOTION TO
    vs. ) CONTINUE SENTENCING
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    SKY ) .
    )
    Defendant. )
    The defendant, though his attorney Michael R. Levine, moves the court continue sentencing for six months, from October 10, 2016, until April 10, 2017, to enable the defendant to continue his recovery from a severe stroke.
    This motion is based on the
    attached declaration of counsel.
    Dated: September 1, 2016 /s/ Michael R. Levine

     

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    DECLARATION OF MICHAEL R. LEVINE
    1. I am the attorney for the defendant who is 73 years of age and who
    resides in the area of Medford, Oregon.
    2. On April 18, 2006, Mr. Sky pleaded guilty to conspiring to give a
    gratuity to a government employee in violation of 18 U.S.C. §201(c)
    (l) (A). Sentencing is set for October 10, 2016.
    3. A few days after he entered his plea, on April 23, 2006, Sky suffered a
    severe stroke, as a result of which he was initially unable to walk, speak,
    or understand others.
    4. Sky entered the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center on May 2, 2016,
    and remained there for a month. He was discharged on June 3, 2016.
    Since his discharge, he has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation. He
    is gradually regaining his faculties and is making reasonable progress
    towards rehabilitation.
    5. I have forwarded to the government a copy of Mr. Skys hospital
    discharge records. These records document his symptoms, treatment,
    diagnosis and prognosis.
    6. I recently spoke with Sky by telephone and find that he speaks slowly and
    with difficulty and that he frequently mispronounces and slurs words. He does not fully comprehend complex sentences. His thought sequencing is
    poor. I am advised he has difficulty moving his upper limbs and that he
    needs constant monitoring and assistance in everyday activities.
    7. I believe that at least an additional six months is needed before Sky will
    capable of helping me prepare for sentencing. I also believe this time is
    needed to ensure that Sky will be able to meaningfully participate in
    sentencing proceedings.
    8. I have communicated with AUSA Scott Bradford and advised him I
    would be seeking a lengthy continuance of the sentencing. He said he
    had no objection.
    9. In the interests of justice, the court should grant the motion.
     
     
    I DECLARE UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT THE FOREGOING IS
    TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
    September 1, 2016 /s/Michael R. Levine
    Michael R. Levine

     

     

     

    GOT BETTENCOURT. GOT SKY.GOT CARSON. NEXT

     

     

     http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/07/coos_bay_father_sons_admit_def.html

     

     

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     Coos Bay man and three of his sons admitted  that they defrauded the government to secure and keep lucrative supply contracts that prosecutors said put military members' lives at risk.

    Company owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, and sons Harold Ray "Bo" Bettencourt III, 34, Nicholas Ryan Bettencourt, 32, and Peter Tracy Bettencourt, 28, all entered guilty pleas to a charge of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States. In addition, office manager Margo Antonette Densmore, 43, and the corporation itself, Kustom Products Inc., also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge.

    U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman is scheduled to sentence the defendants during a two-day hearing in December in Portland. The Bettencourts and Densmore face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The company faces a maximum fine of $500,000.

    The pleas come three years after the U.S. Attorney's Office first brought charges against the Coos Bay company, its management and employees. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Asphaug, Kustom Products Inc., under Harold Bettencourt II's direction, routinely lied to the government and supplied the military with defective or knockoff versions of the parts they were under contract to provide.

    Asphaug recounted for the judge a scheme in which the Bettencourts won more than 750 contracts worth more than $10 million over the years to provide parts such as aviation locknuts or other items.

    But the company repeatedly ignored the requirements laid out in the contracts, substituting cheaper, defective imitations of the authentic parts they had pledged to supply, he said. The investigation showed that employees used unapproved vendors instead of the manufacturers specifically authorized by the military, allowing them to both underbid competitors and pocket greater profits.

    Some of the parts were considered "mission critical" -- vital to a particular operation or safety of military personnel. For example, the military discovered in 2008 that aviation locknuts sent by Kustom Products were defective.

    Failure of the locknuts, used to attach blades to the rotor assembly of military helicopters, could be fatal, Asphaug said. The discovery prompted a worldwide inspection of the military helicopters, he said.

    In addition, Asphaug said, the defendants went to great lengths to cover up as the military began questioning why it was receiving problematic parts. Employees told the military that they had sent items stored in the wrong bin by mistake, he said. Kustom Products also sent an authentic locknut to their Texas supplier, Asphaug said, and had the company reverse engineer it to manufacture a locknut that more closely resembled the one needed by the government.

    The prosecutor also pointed to company emails referencing a plan to secretly use an unauthorized supplier.

    An attorney for Bettencourt II, Kendra Matthews, told the judge that her defendant and the others "dispute a great deal of the facts and characterization" by Asphaug. And attorney John Kolego, who represented Peter Bettencourt said after the hearing that "mistakes were made," but also countered that Asphaug's account was not accurate.

    The defendants did not comment nor clarify on which aspects they dispute.

    As part of the plea agreement, they have agreed to forfeit about $360,000 worth of cash seized from several bank accounts. In addition, they forfeit ownership of a long list of vehicles, including customized Dodge Ram pickups, a Lexus, two ski jets, a boat and other assets that the government seized.

    The government will also seek a judgment of restitution at their sentencing, Asphaug said.

    Two other defendants did not plead guilty on Friday.

    The patriarch's wife, Kathy Sue Bettencourt, is to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that allows those charged with crimes to serve probation without being convicted, Asphaug said. Joshua Lee Kemp, another employee, has been cooperating with authorities, Asphaug said in court.

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     “The financial cost of this fraud – more than $10 million – is significant, but the human cost could have been much higher,” Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said in a statement. “The counterfeit hardware that Kustom Products passed off as real could have led to catastrophic failures of trucks and helicopters used by our military. This case shows that we – with many partners at the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security as well as the IRS – will not allow anyone to make what they believe to be an easy buck on the backs of our service members.” (U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon)

     

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     What did the old cowboy say ? Another one bites the dust. 
     
     
     

    Contractor Admits To Bribes For $171M In Army Work

    Law360, Washington (April 18, 2016, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The owner of Sky Research Inc. pled guilty Monday in Oregon federal court to a charge that he bribed a U.S. Army contracting official to secure $171 million in contracts for work identifying and disposing of unexploded ordnance. 
    The Ashland, Oregon-based company’s mononymous owner, 73-year-old Sky, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official identified as J.H., a program manager in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Military Munitions Response Program, in a plea hearing presided over by U.S. District Judge Mario A. Hernandez, according to the court docket.

    He faces a maximum five-year prison sentence plus restitution and an up-to-$250,000 fine, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a lower sentence in exchange for his guilty plea and acceptance of responsibility, they said in a plea agreement filed in the case. Sky is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11 and will remain out on bond in the meantime, the docket said.

    Counsel for Sky did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday, and attempts to contact SRI for comment were unsuccessful.

    The MMRP is a remediation program intended to help identify and respond to unexploded ordnance such as land mines, discarded munitions and related contaminants at former military ranges, and to address safety, health and environmental risks, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    According to a brief criminal information filed Thursday, J.H., based in Omaha, Nebraska, was a program manager at the Corps, overseeing the MMRP. Among other responsibilities, he approved claims submitted by vendors and recommended vendors for specific contracts, the information said.

    From 2002 through 2013, Sky and several unspecified other people gave J.H. cash, paid for accommodation, entertainment, meals, and golfing and fishing trips, and bought him a car, among other “things of value,” in an attempt to induce him to award MMRP contracts to SRI, which specializes in unexploded ordnance detection, prosecutors alleged.

    J.H. steered nine contracts to SRI, worth around $171 million total, beginning with a March 2004 memorandum that recommended the company for a sole-source contract, which was awarded to SRI that September, according to the information. The company ultimately received $77 million under the contracts, prosecutors said.

    While the criminal information does not provide J.H.’s full name, it likely refers to Jerry Hodgson, a former Corps official who in affidavits filed in the court in 2012 was said to be under investigation for allegedly taking bribes from SRI. It was not immediately clear Monday whether Hodgson had also been charged in relation to the alleged bribery scheme.

    The related investigation had begun in September 2010 after the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command was tipped off about Hodgson by a confidential informant, who also claimed that the firm was engaging in illegal accounting, according to those affidavits.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Coffin signed off on search warrants as part of that investigation, and federal agents seized documents from Sky, his wife and SRI, according to multiple local media reports at the time.

    The government is represented by Greg Nyhus, Billy J. Williams and Scott E. Bradford of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

    Sky is represented by Michael R. Levine of Levine & McHenry LLC.

    The case is U.S. v. Sky, case number 3:16-cr-00168, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.