Monday, July 30, 2007

FBI Raids Alaska's Senator (R) Stevens' Home

Republican Senator Stevens, most notoriously known for his cranky, maniac attitude that has been presented in the media, along with his bid for millions in tax dollars to build a 'bridge to nowhere' in his home state, is most jokingly referred to as the guy who described the internet as a place of "all those tubes".

"All I can say is that agents from the FBI and IRS are currently conducting a search at that residence," said Dave Heller, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Anchorage office. The search began this afternoon, he said. It's the only such search warrant currently being served, he said.

He directed other questions to the U.S. Justice Department's Public Integrity Section in Washington. A spokesman there had no comment.

Federal investigators and a grand jury looking into public corruption in Alaska have been asking questions about a 2000 remodeling project at Stevens' home, particularly the involvment of the oil field services firm Veco.

Three contractors who worked on the project told the Daily News that their records had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury, and others connected with the work and with Stevens had been interviewed.

One of the contractors who worked on the job said he was hired by Veco CEO Bill Allen for the job, and while his bills were paid by Stevens and his wife, Catherine, invoices were reviewed first by Veco.

Allen and a Veco vice president pleaded guilty in May to bribery, extortion and other charges connected with paying off state legislators.

Anchorage Daily News
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