Monday, March 16, 2009

Former Alaska State Representative Pleads Guilty To Public Corruption

Beverly L. Masek, a former elected member of the Alaska House of Representatives, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with federally funded programs. Masek (R-Alaska), conspired with Bill J. Allen, the former chief executive officer of VECO Corporation, a now-defunct multinational oil field services company, and Richard L. Smith, a former VECO vice president, to soliciting and accepting bribes. Both Allen and Smith pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges and are awaiting sentencing. Masek is one of a number of Alaska political figures caught up in recent public corruption investigations, including Thomas T. Anderson, Peter Kott, Victor H. Kohring, James Clark, William Bobrick, William Weimar, John Cowdery and US Senator Theodore F. Stevens . She faces up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 upon sentencing, which is scheduled for May 28.

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