Target of bribery probe wins government contract

The Associated Press /

ASHLAND — An Oregon defense contractor that has been the focus of a bribery investigation has won a new government contract.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $370,000 contract in September to Sky Research Inc. of Ashland. The company specializes in aerial surveys for unexploded weapons debris on old military bombing and gunnery ranges.

Corps spokesman Eugene Pawlik says the investigation isn’t finished. But he says the company hasn’t been excluded, and it is not unusual for companies being investigated to land contracts.

Affidavits in U.S. District Court outline findings and witness statements that allege a program manager for the corps in Omaha, Neb., rigged bids on eight contracts worth nearly $160 million for Sky Research.

No charges have been filed.

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