Friday, September 14, 2007

Probably less than one in a hundred gets caught ...

Embattled exec fingers GOP Senator Ted Stevens' son in bribery trial

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Published: Thursday September 13, 2007

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Former VECO Corp. CEO Bill Allen testified in the federal trial of former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott Thursday that he bribed three lawmakers, including the son of GOP Senator Ted Stevens, the Washington Post reports.

Former state Senate president Ben Stevens, son of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, was implicated along with Kott and state Rep. Vic Kohring.

Allen and former VECO vice president Rick Smith have already entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing.

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"Mr. Stevens has consistently said he's not engaged in any of the illegal activity that is alleged by Mr. Allen. He denies it," John Wolfe, Stevens' attorney, told The Associated Press.

The FBI also is investigating remodeling done to the elder Stevens' home in Girdwood. According to at least one contractor, invoices were first sent to VECO. Ted Stevens has said he paid all bills on the home that he received.

[Kott] is accused of turning in a $7,993 invoice, purportedly for flooring work done on Allen's home, when in fact the money was used to hire his son as his re-election campaign manager.

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The entire Washington Post article can be read here.

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