Oregon Defense Contractor Investigated Over $160M Contracts

Federal authorities are investigating whether a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program manager made sure a defense contractor won nearly $160M worth of contracts.

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 vacations, trips to Singapore and Bali, and sex with female employees.

Affidavits filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene offer evidence that Jerry Hodgson, a program manager for the corps in Omaha, Neb., rigged bids 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 unexploded weapons.

No charges have been filed.

Attorneys for Hodgson and Sky Research owners Sky and Anne Sky did not immediately return calls for comment.

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