Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bill Allen Testifies At The Pete Kott Trial That He Bribed Former Alaska State Senator Ben Stevens, The Son Of Ted Stevens

As much of a gadfly as he is, it looks like Disco Ray Metcalfe may have known something when he latched on to Ben Stevens (pictured at left) like a pit bull latching on to a carrier's leg. In testimony delivered on Day Four of the Pete Kott trial, former VECO Chairman has testified that he bribed Vic Kohring, Pete Kott, and......Boy Wonder himself, former Alaska State Senator Ben Stevens. However, Allen did not elaborate further on this particular issue during his 15 minutes of testimony.

It is important to note that Allen is receiving some consideration for his testimony. Allen also testified today that he agreed to cooperate in the corruption investigation of Alaska lawmakers after the FBI promised that his three adult children would not be indicted. However, Allen stated that plea negotiations to shield the remainder of the 4,000 or so VECO employees were unsuccessful.

Allen then went on to deliver additional testimony about VECO's dealing with Pete Kott. Read about the rest of the day's events at the trial in the Anchorage Daily News.

While Stevens is under investigation, he has not yet been charged. And today, through his attorney, he denied it. "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.

And the elder Stevens has also been brushed by Federal investigation. The FBI is investigating a remodeling of the elder Stevens' home in Girdwood. The project doubled the size of the home. According to at least one contractor in the case, invoices were first sent to VECO. However, Ted Stevens has said he paid all bills on the home that he received.

Ben Stevens has consistently denied any wrongdoing. However, he has paid fines to the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) in the past for irregular reporting activities. These activities are further addressed in this post. But the first sign of any more serious trouble occurred when on July 5th, 2006, Stevens gave up what would likely have been a sure re-election to the State Senate and withdrew from the race. His excuse was that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

More on this later if the local T.V. stations add anything substantive. But it looks like time's running out on Boy Wonder. The ultimate questions: Will he take his daddy down with him, and will his daddy deserve it? I think the answer to the second question is "No", but perhaps Big Daddy may have been too indulgent with Boy Wonder.

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