by Jill Burke
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
WASHINGTON -- A restaurateur with secrets to hide and a carpenter caught in the middle are both part of Sen. Ted Stevens' defense strategy.
Augie Paone, a carpenter hired by former VECO CEO Bill Allen who built the wraparound deck and railings among other projects during the renovation of Stevens' Girdwood home, explained in May of 2007 how the billings were handled.
"I would give the invoices to VECO, they'd review it to make sure the billings were correct," Paone said.
Paone told jurors Tuesday that Stevens was always prompt with payments, sending in remittance within weeks, if not days -- five bills totaling $132,000 to be exact.