New information and new names have surfaced in the Veco corruption scandal, that has been rocking Alaska’s political world for the past two years. Bill Allen, former CEO of Veco Corp. made a deal to trade all the dirt in exchange for immunity for his son Mark, and others relatives involved in the scandal. He had lots to tell. Former lawmakers are in prison, and more are on the way. The biggest fish ensnared in the net so far, of course, has been Senior Senator Ted Stevens, now convicted on seven felony counts. But the FBI isn’t finished yet.
Newly filed court documents outline the extent of Allen’s initial revelations to the FBI, including his interactions with public figures that haven’t previously been reported — and who haven’t been charged.
In his first interview, the same day he learned of the investigation, Allen told the FBI about financial favors sought by and given to politicians.
Land deals were made, lawyers were hired, gas tanks were filled, floors were refinished, cash exchanged hands, pigs were roasted.
The new documents — summaries of Allen’s initial interview with the FBI and a subsequent interview — were filed earlier this month during the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C. The summaries were attached to motions filed by Stevens’ lawyers. The summaries recount what Allen told investigators, and make no attempt to verify his assertions.
The first interview occurred on Aug. 30, 2006, after agents brought Allen into FBI headquarters in downtown Anchorage and he agreed to cooperate. The broad, multi-faceted investigation into Alaska corruption wouldn’t become public knowledge until the next day, when federal agents swarmed legislative offices with search warrants. The FBI had been monitoring Allen’s phone calls for months.
Allen pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy in May 2007.
One of the conclusions reached by Allen, was that Rep. Don Young, who is currently running for re-election against Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz, “couldn’t be bought.” Interesting, considering that after the investigation of Allen began, Young tried to reimburse Allen for more than $37,000 in pig roast expenses for Youn’s annual fundraiser. Yes, folks, the King of Pork had an annual pig roast fundraiser, paid for by an oil service company. Perhaps they should have hired a skywriter to surmount the event with the words “INVESTIGATE ME!” When Allen didn’t cash this belated reimbursement check, Young sent it directly to the U.S. Treasury. Then he got out a “wet wipe” and tried to get all that pig money off his hands.
Don Young has spent well over a million dollars in campaign money on legal fees….and he hasn’t even been indicted yet.
The other notable name mentioned in the new paperwork is Ben Stevens, son of Ted Stevens. I remember breaking the news to a couple people when Ted Stevens was indicted. The response from each person was, “Wait….TED Stevens or BEN Stevens??” Everybody was expecting Ben would be first. There’s a lot to cover with Ben, but these documents talk about the fact that Ben was getting paid for a lucrative “consulting” position, even when he wasn’t “consulting.”
Bill Allen told Ben Stevens (president of the State Senate at the time), when he needed money, to bill Veco $10,000 a month. Stevens stopped sending invoices after his Senate offices were raided. Go figure.
Think of all this as “scenes from next week” in the never-ending saga of Alaska political corruption.