Politics

Cyber Ninjas Dissolves — And the Fight For 'Audit' Records Continues

Mired in debt, controversy, and mounting legal sanctions, Cyber Ninjas — the Florida-based tech company that the Arizona Senate hired for their partisan election audit — is no more.

Its spokesperson, Rod Thomson, broke the news to media late Thursday. His words were brief: “Doug Logan [the company’s CEO] and the rest of the employees have been let go and Cyber Ninjas is being shut down.”

Thomson didn’t answer further questions, and the company did not return Phoenix New Times’ inquiries Friday.

The dramatic collapse of a company that, at one point, was raking in millions of taxpayer dollars to conduct a months-long, error-plagued review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, is certainly arresting, although not particularly surprising. The audit proved a train wreck from the outset, and its long-delayed conclusion in September did not, unfortunately for Cyber Ninjas, mean the end to the company’s problems.

Since the end of the supposed audit, Cyber Ninjas has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Arizona Republic over the tech firm’s refusal to divulge public records related to the ballot review. It also seemed to have landed itself in major debt: $2.1 million, according to election fraud conspiracist and Logan confidante Nick Moseder.

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

During the eventful hearing, according to the Republic’s own report, Cyber Ninjas' lawyer, Jack Wilenchik attempted to withdraw as counsel, claiming that he was no longer being paid.

He also said that Logan had left the company. It’s unclear when Logan officially left the business; a LinkedIn page for the company’s founder gives a December end date for his tenure.

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

The Republic’s lawyer, Craig Hoffman, did not immediately reply to an inquiry from New Times on Friday.

It’s unclear whether the towering sanctions will finally force Cyber Ninjas’ to turn over the records, which would bring to light reams of new information on the inner workings of the sham audit. But the ruling is a sign that even the company collapsing in on itself has not managed to end the messy spectacle that the Arizona Senate created with its ballot review.

For now, Cyber Ninjas' trouble lives on.