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  Ex-Oil Executive Ties Young to Alaska Corruption Case
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Last EditedRP  Oct 23, 2009 03:12pm
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AuthorPaul Singer
News DateFriday, October 23, 2009 03:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA former Alaska oil executive told the Justice Department that his company provided gifts and paid for fundraising events for Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the first testimony directly tying Young to a long running corruption case in the state.

The oil executive, Bill Allen, was a prime witness in the case against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R). Allen testified that he and his oil company, VECO, spent tens of thousands of dollars providing Stevens with gifts, including major renovations of Stevens’ home.

Allen has pleaded guilty to bribery charges and he is scheduled to be sentenced next week. In preparation for his sentencing, his defense team released documents including a 2007 summary of “stipulated facts,” in which Allen confessed to “additional criminal activity.” In that agreement, Allen said that form 1993 to 2006, he and another VECO executive “authorized the use of VECO funds to pay for the annual expenses associated with a yearly fundraiser for United States Representative A.” Young was during that time and remains the only U.S. Representative from Alaska.
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