Treppâs company nabbed at least a few âblack-budgetâ contracts, which are those kept off the publicly-available Congressional budget because of their sensitive nature. Gibbons may have helped the company secure a $100 million contract last year for work with the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla. eTreppid got another black-budget contract, for $3 million, to provide âtarget-recognition technology,â able to identify objects from streaming video. The technology would likely be beneficial in satellite surveillance.
The corruption allegations against Gibbons surfaced after a former eTreppid employee, Dennis Montgomery, sued the company saying they are wrongfully using software he created. Montgomery has given the press photos from the Caribbean cruise where, in one shot, Gibbons cradles two women and smiles along with the other nine around him. Gibbonsâ wife was on the cruise, but it is unclear if she is one of the 11 women in the photo. Montgomery has said he saw his former boss give Gibbons $100,000 in cash and casino chips on the same trip.
This is not the first Nevada technology company owner Gibbons has both vacationed with in an exotic location and helped secure defense contracts for. In 2000, Gibbons went to Turkey with the owners of Sierra Nevada Corp., which has received hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts.
Sierra Nevada makes software technology used for surveillance, air traffic control, sensors, and other military operations. In 2004, Gibbonsâ worked on getting the company a $4 million no-bid contract to develop a helicopter landing system that functions well in desert conditions.
Gibbons maintains that he and his wife paid for their own accommodations and airfare when they went on the week-long trip with the companyâs owners, Faith and Eren Ozmen.
Gibbonsâ wife, Dawn Gibbons, is also connected to the technology company. Gibbons runs a PR firm, Politek Inc., which she created in 2003 after leaving the state legislature. Coincidentally, Sierra Nevada hired her firm for $35,000 the same year it received the helicopter contract.
Dawn Gibbonsâ biggest client in 2004 was her husband's 2004 re-election campaign, which paid the firm more than $93,000. The year before, she received $18,000 from a nonprofit (Education First) that she and her husband created.
Besides dabbling in seemingly corrupt behavior, Gibbons has also been accused of even more lurid law breaking.
Last fall, then a gubernatorial candidate, Gibbons became the target of a police investigation when Chrissy Mazzeo, a waitress at a local restaurant, frantically called 911 saying he grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her in a parking garage. Gibbons was never charged with a crime and Mazzeo says she was intimidated into keeping quiet.
Gibbons, who denies Mazzeoâs claims, said he walked the woman out of the restaurant, where they had met over drinks, and was close enough to catch her as she stumbled. He said he acted as "an officer and a gentleman."
Strangely, when security tapes surfaced two weeks after the incident, there was no footage of the two.
So, no, he didnât assault her, he saved her from falling, but, besides, he wasnât even there?
Who says chivalry is dead?