“You’ll get your gas line, the governor gets his bill, and I’ll get my job in Barbados,” … Peter Kott, former Speaker of the House, as recorded during FBI Alaska bribery investigation. Kott was offered a position with VECO involving the new Barbados prison.
VECO Corporation Heavily Involved With Barbados Politicians, Government Projects
Breaking News: On Friday, May 4, 2007, American politicians and businessmen were indicted in a bribery scheme involving VECO Corporation, a company that is heavily involved with the Barbados government and various Barbados politicians and business people. VECO’s Barbados projects include the oil terminal and pipeline, and the building of the new prison.
At least one of the arrested Alaska politicians was secretly recorded by the FBI in conversations where he spoke about receiving a position with VECO’s Barbados prison operations. As there are hundreds of hours of police recordings, there is no doubt that further Barbados revelations will occur at the trial.
This Is A Big Story – And It Will Get Bigger
The FBI launched a series of co-ordinated raids in August of 2006 and carried away hundreds of boxes of evidence from various political and corporate offices in Alaska and Washington. (This was widely reported at the time as was the Barbados connection, but for some reason the Barbados media failed to carry the story. I wonder why?)
Alaska Report wrote of the raids at the time…
Should anyone be surprised that the super cozy relationship between the oil industry and Alaska’s Republican leadership has finally come to the point of a full-blown criminal investigation?
This is but one of the questions that Alaskans are asking in the wake of an FBI raid on the offices of six legislators which, as of this writing, is only hours old.
Here’s what we know at this point:
On Thursday, August 31st, (2006) FBI agents served simultaneous search warrants on the offices of six Alaska legislators: Bruce Weyrauch, John Cowdery, Pete Kott, Donny Olson, Vic Kohring and Senate President Ben Stevens. All but Olson are Republicans.
According to Kohring and legislative attorney Tam Cook, the search warrants named VECO, the oil services company that has a notorious history of stacking the political deck in Alaska.
Soon, friends . soon we will know more. In the meantime, for those of us who have been outraged and disgusted for years by the amount of control that VECO and the oil industry have had on Alaska politics, let us take some satisfaction that justice may finally be served for corrupt leaders who have sold out our state.
It’s about time.
… from Alaska Report Feds Raid Veco, GOP Legislators
Which Barbados Politicians Are Involved?
VECO is a huge corporation headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska. With close ties to the Bush Republicans and operations in Alaska, Washington State, Alberta & British Columbia – Canada, India, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Barbados, VECO is a powerhouse in the oil and natural resources industry. VECO also has large interests in construction, pipelines & terminals, power generation, manufacturing, biotechnology and military contracts industries.
VECO Corporation and it’s wholly owned subsidiary Commonwealth Construction were the primary contractors on the Barbados Terminal and Pipeline project, and the (then) “$120 Million” new Barbados jail.
The company has often been criticized for having a corporate culture of unethical behaviour, bribes and undermining democracy. (Obviously, the American Federal Bureau of Investigation would probably agree with that statement.)
If VECO Corporation has acted unethically on their home turf of Alaska, one has to wonder what they might be guilty of in a foreign country like Barbados.
Photo from the VECO website – Grig Cook, President of Commonwealth Construction (l); J. Patricia Alleyne, J.P.; Dr. Leonard Nurse, Chairman of Barbados National Terminal Company; and, The Honourable Anthony Wood, J.P, M.P., Barbados Minister of Energy and Public Works at the 2004 ground-breaking ceremony for the oil terminal.
A Responsible Barbados Media Would Follow This Story Carefully
We know from media articles that the FBI even has recordings of telephone conversations between VECO officials and the corrupt politicians – where VECO’s Barbados operations were a topic of conversation.
What else does the FBI have?
You can bet that the Prime Minister of Barbados and many of his gang aren’t going to get much sleep in the next little while as they wonder what will surface during the trials and investigations yet to come.
Barbados Free Press will continue to follow up on this important story – even if no one else in the Barbados media mentions it.
Former, Current Alaska Lawmakers Charged
By STEVE QUINN
The Associated Press
Saturday, May 5, 2007; 5:09 AM
JUNEAU, Alaska — For several thousand dollars and other promises, prosecutors say one current and two former Alaska state lawmakers threw their support behind a tax scheme and natural gas pipeline to benefit a company.
The three men, Rep. Victor Kohring of Wasilla, and former state Reps. Pete Kott of Eagle River and Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau, were arrested Friday but deny wrongdoing. The three Republicans pleaded not guilty at their arraignments.
Kohring was charged with extortion, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday. Kott and Weyhrauch, each entered their pleas to four counts, including conspiracy to commit extortion, extortion, bribery and fraud. If convicted of all charges, each of the men could face up to 55 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Prosecutors allege the three were involved in a scheme that unfolded as lawmakers weighed a new petroleum profits tax structure and a new contract for a natural gas pipeline last year.
Kott, the former House speaker, explicitly said during a teleconference with company officials that he would support the pipeline and the company’s preferred version of the tax proposal if he was made warden of a prison the company was building in the Caribbean, according to the indictment.
… continue reading this article at the Washington Post (link here)
Our kudos to Barbados Underground and others who smelled a rat with VECO long before this story broke.