Shady company that led Arizona’s false audit is disbanded, firing its staff

Immersed in debt, controversy, and growing legal sanctions, Cyber ​​Ninjas – the Florida-based technology company hired by the Arizona Senate for their party-political election revision – is no more.

Its spokesman, Rod Thomson, broke the news to the media late Thursday. His words were short: “Doug Logan [the company’s CEO] and the rest of the staff has been released and Cyber ​​Ninjas is being shut down. ”

Thomson did not respond to further questions and the company did not return Phoenix New Times‘inquiries Friday.

The dramatic collapse of a company that at one point tossed millions of taxpayers in to conduct a month-long, flawed review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County is certainly arresting, though not particularly surprising. The audit identified a train wreck from the start, and its long-delayed conclusion in September did not, unfortunately for Cyber ​​Ninjas, put an end to the company’s problems.

Since the end of the alleged revision, Cyber ​​Ninjas has been involved in a legal battle with Arizona Republic over the tech company’s refusal to disclose public records in connection with the ballot paper review. It also appeared to have landed itself in huge debt: $ 2.1 million, according to election fraud conspirator and Logan confidant Nick Moseder.

Despite the company’s dissolution, its legal issues are still ongoing. Also on Thursday, a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the company was in contempt of court for its refusal to hand over records, and issued $ 50,000 penalties for each day the company remained out of compliance.

During the eventful hearing, according to Republic‘s own report, Cyber ​​Ninjas’ lawyer, Jack Wilenchik, tried to retire as a lawyer, claiming he was no longer paid.

He also said Logan had left the company. It is unclear when Logan officially left the company; a LinkedIn page for the company’s founder provides an end date for December for his term of office.

The judge, John Hannah, refused to allow Wilenchik to withdraw. In his order, he further elaborated that the company would remain in contempt until it had collected and disclosed all records “within the custody and control of Cyber ​​Ninjas or subcontractors or agents of Cyber ​​Ninjas that are in any way related to ‘ election revision ” “and submitted them to the Arizona Senate.

That Republic‘s lawyer, Craig Hoffman, did not immediately respond to a request from New Times on Friday.

It is unclear whether the towering sanctions will finally force the Cyber ​​Ninjas to pass on the records, which would bring to light heaps of new information about the inner workings of the fake audit. But the ruling is a sign that even the company that is collapsing on its own has failed to end the messy spectacle that the Arizona Senate created with its ballot paper review.

So far, Cyber ​​Ninjas’ problems are alive.

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