Thursday, July 10, 2008

Alaska Senator charged with Bribery and Conspiracy

78 year old state Sen. John Cowdery, (Alaska) was indicted on bribery and conspiracy charges on Thursday by a Grand Jury in an on-going federal investigation of corruption that has already led to convictions against three other former state legislators.

The investigation is being conducted by the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI.

Two former legislators, Pete Kott and Vic Kohring, are currently serving federal prison sentences following their convictions on corruption charges. A third former legislator, Tom Anderson, was convicted of bribery in another case, and former legislator Bruce Weyhrauch still awaits trial.

Bill Allen and Rick Smith, two former VECO executives, were convicted of bribing Alaska lawmakers but are now assisting the government in the on-going investigation. Federal Prosecutors have asked that sentencing be delayed for Allen and Smith. Both men supported the 2006 Petroleum Production Tax.

Click the link below for additional information regarding the investigation:

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