It’s a story as old as time: a military scientist meets a prostitute. A scientist falls in love with a prostitute. A scientist hires a prostitute as an Air Force research lab contractor. A federal investigation ensues.
A recently unsealed search warrant details an extensive scam of Jim Gord, a senior researcher in advanced propulsion technologies at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and an unnamed female escort with whom he had a sexual relationship .
He urged a lab contractor and friend to hire the woman based on her fraudulent resume — and looks — in 2017. He also moved federal funding to pay her salary and named her president of a scientific group on engine and rocket technology despite its lack of experience.
” He met [redacted] repeatedly and paid her $400 an hour for various sex acts,” according to a December 2019 search warrant application that was recently unsealed in federal court and published Monday by the Daily Beast. “God declared his love for [redacted] and she told him hers.
The Daily Beast first reported on the saga on Monday. Neither Gord nor the woman faced charges, the publication said.
Online obituaries show Gord died of an unknown cause last year.
The scheme came to light in 2019, when Spectral Energies owner Sukesh Roy told military investigators that Gord, who handled the funding for his company’s contract with the Air Force, was “engaging in contrary contract negotiations.” ethically with the government, had communicated threats of violence and regularly solicited prostitution”. during installation and while traveling on official U.S. Air Force business,” according to an affidavit filed in 2019 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Gord suggested that Roy hire the woman, whom he said he met on a flight to Washington and who had become something of a mentor after several personal and professional encounters. The company had contracted with the AFRL for almost 20 years and provided detailed images of the engines.
“Gord strongly encouraged Roy to hire [her]speaking favorably of [her] technical expertise,” the affidavit reads. “He then finished by saying, ‘She’s also very sexy.'”
The woman started working as an administrative technician at Spectral Energies, but “didn’t fully understand how to use basic word processing and document creation software, and had trouble formulating consistent emails across offices.” , says the affidavit.
She didn’t complete assignments on time and didn’t provide non-existent college transcripts that she says were from the University of Tennessee, University of Cincinnati, and University of South Florida. .
In reality, it was a prostitute that Gord, married for more than 30 years, met in Cincinnati. He charged the woman’s $400 hourly rate for sex to his government credit card, as well as that of several other escorts he hired across the country.
Roy confronted Gord about the issue and asked him to cut off their contact. Gord got angry and threatened to bring a gun to “end it all,” the affidavit says.
Gord also reminded Roy, who is of Bangladeshi origin, that Gord was a senior researcher and the AFRL, and that since Roy was an immigrant, the AFRL’s “old boys’ club” would never believe Roy if he disclosed the information about a scientist as respected as Gord,” the affidavit states.
After working for Roy for almost a year, the woman was hired by a rival company, Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc.
Gord funneled more than half of the $250,000 in grants that typically went to Roy each quarter to the woman’s new business and brought her to scientific conferences on behalf of the ISSI, according to the affidavit.
“Over the next few months, several colleagues shared with Roy that Gord was presenting [redacted] around professional circles as a research assistant,” court documents show. “Roy learned that Gord had arranged for [redacted] to chair a scientific panel at an upcoming conference on defense photonics research and applications as a technical expert. »
When Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents searched Gord’s Wright-Patterson office in April 2019, they found condoms, women’s underwear and empty bottles of generic Viagra. They also uncovered emails discussing the need to offer strong coverage in case they were questioned further.
“Further research and investigation has revealed that this ‘story’ is almost entirely untrue,” the affidavit states.
A few months later, agents discovered nude photos and hourly rates of various women from “Discreet Desires,” a Cincinnati escort service, on Gord’s government laptop.
An Excel spreadsheet titled “Burner Log” contained more than three years of Gord’s text messages with nearly 30 prostitutes across the United States, according to the affidavit.
“Many of the 27 women listed on the Excel document were foreign nationals of countries considered national security concerns of the United States,” the affidavit adds.
The search warrant request does not say whether the Ohio woman still works at ISSI or whether one of Gord’s escorts compromised the safety and security of the programs he managed.
The Air Force did not respond to a request for comment by the Air Force Times on Wednesday.
Prior to his death, Gord was “an internationally recognized leader in the development and application of optical measurement techniques for advanced propulsion and fuel systems,” according to the AFRL. He was named a 2016 Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the largest aerospace professional society in the world at the time.
Gord “has made advances in high power, high repetition rate burst mode laser diagnostic systems, applying them to turbulent combustion and high velocity flows. His research has produced a myriad of fundamental technological breakthroughs in burst-mode laser measurement systems that allow scientists and engineers to better understand real-world breathing and rocket engine performance,” the AFRL said in a statement.
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