One Of The VECO Corruption Trials Begins Today – Will New Barbados Information Surface?

Alaska-Based VECO Is Building New Prison In Barbados

A few snippets from the Juneau Empire…

Tom Anderson bribery trial begins Monday
Attorney prepares for public scrutiny in corruption case

Former state Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, goes on trial Monday in Anchorage, in a case which may be linked to the ongoing political corruption investigation involving VECO Corp. executives and other state legislators.

Also involved, likely without her knowledge, may be Anderson’s wife, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage.

(snip)

The FBI investigation in Alaska, led by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Public Integrity became publicly known in August of 2006. At that time FBI agents served search warrants on the offices of six members of the Alaska Legislature, though not Anderson, as well as VECO and other offices.

Three of the six legislators and two top VECO executives have been indicted on corruption charges. The executives have pleaded guilty, while the legislators have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

A series of indictments, guilty pleas and legal maneuverings have kept those VECO-related issues in the news for months.

According to documents filed by U.S. attorneys to outline their case, the investigation had been in the works for more than two years before the raids.

(snip)

The charges against Anderson accuse him of using his position as a legislator, including the chairmanship of the Administrative Regulations Review, to benefit Cornell Companies, a Texas-based firm which operates private prisons.

In Alaska Cornell was seeking state approval to build a private prison and a juvenile psychiatric treatment facility, as well as regulatory changes to help its Alaska operations, which include a string of halfway houses around the state.

(snip)

Cornell is not accused of any wrongdoing, federal and Cornell officials have previously told the Empire.

Prosecutors said they expect to take a week to present their case.

At the time of the alleged bribery, Anderson, chairman of the Labor and Commerce Committee, was single but known to be romantically involved with McGuire, at the time chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee…

… read the entire article online here

Also see our first story on the VECO situation…

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Politicians Indicted For Taking/Arranging Bribes In VECO Scandal – Involves New Barbados Prison

… or use our search box in the sidebar to search for “VECO” and you will find all our stories on this ongoing scandal.

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7 responses to “One Of The VECO Corruption Trials Begins Today – Will New Barbados Information Surface?

  1. Yardbroom

    Sometime ago, I think it was last week, I mentioned that there was always the possibility that the American Justices Department could investigate a contract between BAE systems a UK company and the Saudi Arabian Government -for aircraft – because it is alleged that corrupt payments were made to a Saudi Arabian Prince.

    That investigation has now been confirmed, the reason why America is concerned about this corruption allegation, is because the alleged corrupt funds were deposited in Riggs Bank in The USA.

    The American Justices Department has a habit of investigating matters with some vigilance, very often your position even in “Washington” has no bearing on the matter.

  2. Rumplestilskin

    Good for the Justice Dept. They deserve kudos for fighting corruption.

  3. Rumplestilskin

    But then, justice department people have a higher calling, as opposed to politicians whose aim is generally self-interest, these days.

  4. Green Monkey

    Riggs bank you say. Hmm, now that is one well connected bank.

    See, for example, this 3 year old Washington Post story from May 2004: –

    A political Web site written by a Democratic operative drew attention yesterday to the fact that President Bush’s uncle, Jonathan J. Bush, is a top executive at Riggs Bank, which this week agreed to pay a record $25 million in civil fines for violations of law intended to thwart money laundering.

    Jonathan Bush, who is a major fundraiser for his nephew, was appointed in 2000 to run Riggs Investment Management Co. His association with Riggs began when he headed J. Bush & Co., a New Haven, Conn., company he created in 1970 and built to offer advice on money management.

    Riggs bought J. Bush & Co. in 1997 to help create a one-stop financial outlet offering a range of services, from insurance to securities trading and investment advice. News reports at the time said investment bankers estimated the purchase price, which was not disclosed, as $5.5 million.

    Continued at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28396-2004May14.html

    For lots more interesting reading and connecting of dots, just google the following: “Riggs bank Bush”.

  5. Wishing in Vain

    BFP is certainly making the rounds and the news well done BFP keep the good work up.

    bobthedrummer (1000+ posts) Wed Jun-20-07 11:34 PM
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    5. Even though VECO is being acquired by CH2M Hill, are you ready for this one?
    VECO and its subsidiaries have millions of $$ of projects in BARBADOS.

    One of these VECO projects is building a PRISON for Barbados, and the cost overrun in Barbados for that PRISON project is over $200mn

    From the Barbados Free Press
    “Barbados Closely Watches The VECO Scandal”
    https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2007/06/06/barba… /

    And here’s a lot of VECO related links from a site I’m not familiar with, havenworks.com, but it’s got lots of links to whatever is going on in Alaska
    http://havenworks.com/business/research/veco /

    A prison in Barbados

    fair use cited

  6. Adrian Loveridge

    Former Alaska Republican Tom Anderson ‘was deep in debt and living beyond his means during the time that prosecutors say he took bribes to do the bidding of a private prison company’.

    ‘Anderson was a paid VECO consultant during the time he was in the Legislature’.

    Source: Anchorage Daily News – 27th June 2007

  7. Green Monkey

    I know it’s not directly related to VECO, but the BAE/Prince Bandar/Blair bribery scandal alluded to by Yardbroom above seems to be getting more interesting by the minute. It seems some other high mucky mucks from across the pond might have some sticky fingers in this pie too – talk about wheels within wheels. Here’s a snip from a recent Daily Kos post:

    What happened initially was that Bandar Bush was getting $2 billion dollar tips from BAE for helping push through enormous military aircraft deals between London and Riyadh. It was part of a large corruption investigation which was actually shut down in Britain by Tony Blair because it would potentially harm national security by damaging the fine reputation of Saudi Arabia (the 15 9/11 hijackers, apparently, didn’t). Blair, I guess, got his payback by being named Mideast envoy. DoJ got involved because the tips were going into Bandar’s account at Riggs Bank in Washington. This is VERY interesting, because Riggs Bank is a known launderer for dictators like Augusto Pinochet and others.

    SNIP

    So we know that this tip money is going into a bank with a notorious history of money laundering and covering for dirty figures around the world (Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the dictator of Equatorial Guinea, also did business with Riggs Bank). We know that Riggs Bank was actually run by one of Bush’s uncles along with another crony, Joe Albritton. Yet DoJ is focusing pretty much on the BAE’s use of the US banking system to make these corrupt payments. By the way, BAE is effectively an American company these days, and they’re trying to take over US arms companies and do lots of business with the Pentagon (now why would the former head of Halliburton have a problem with that?).

    Could the Justice Department be deliberately focusing on one small part of the scandal in order to distract from the big picture:

    More details on the “big picture” here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/6/26/21721/5156