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  • Sky Research trial still happening

  • A few years ago I read about Sky Research getting in some serious trouble with the federal government for bribing officials into granting them more contracts and fraudulently using contract dollars for personal toys and vacations. Haven't heard anything since then though. Was the case dropped?
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  • A few years ago I read about Sky Research getting in some serious trouble with the federal government for bribing officials into granting them more contracts and fraudulently using contract dollars for personal toys and vacations. Haven't heard anything since then though. Was the case dropped?
    — Concerned Ashlander, email
    Good question. You probably thought we'd forgotten about Sky Research, but we have not.
    The answer is, no, the case hasn't been dropped. The federal investigators filed a motion in federal court last year to ask for more time to analyze evidence.
    They have until Aug. 31 before the latest extension runs out. At that point, the case will move forward.
    If you don't specifically recall, Ashland-based Sky Research Inc. is under investigation for allegedly using federal grant dollars to fund personal vacations and make bribes to a government official in exchange for padding bids.
    Federal agents have seized thousands of payroll, tax and personal finance documents as well as digital data and other items from the Ashland business and residence of its owners, Sky and Anne Sky.
    The Skys allegedly hired three personal assistants over a span of eight years to provide sexual favors for the government official.
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