PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon defense contractor has admitted to bribing a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager to secure $171 million in contracts.
The 73-year-old man who goes by the singular name Sky faces a maximum of five years in federal prison at his Oct. 11 sentencing. Lawyers said Monday that a sentence of around two years is more likely.
Sky and his company, Sky Research, have been under investigation since 2010. Prosecutors say a program manager for the corps in Omaha, Nebraska, rigged bids on nine contracts. In exchange, Sky provided him with cash, accommodations and entertainment.
The program manager has yet to be charged.
Ashland-based Sky Research specializes in aerial surveys of old military bombing and gunnery ranges to find old weapons debris.