by Jason Moore
Monday, May 7, 2007
ANCHORAGE -- Former Senate President Ben Stevens has not been indicted, but the charging documents against Bill Allen indicate Stevens received far more money for his "official services" from VECO Corp. than the other indicted lawmakers.
VECO paid Stevens' consulting company more than $243,000 since 2002.
According to charging documents, Allen told U.S. attorneys that those payments were largely for Stevens' "taking official acts" in his capacity as a legislator. Allen also said Stevens only did 20 hours worth of consulting work for VECO since 2002 that was not directly tied to state legislation.
Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe has fought for years to implicate Stevens in a corruption scandal. He expects an indictment will be handed down shortly.
"It was so obvious that (Stevens) was sitting there at the head of the state Senate clipping coupons from a VECO book of bribery that a caveman could have figured it out," Metcalfe said.