- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 9, 2006

A federal grand jury in Alaska yesterday indicted Thomas T. Anderson, a member of the Alaska State House of Representatives, on charges of extortion, conspiracy, bribery and money laundering.

The indictment, handed up in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, accuses Mr. Anderson of soliciting and receiving money from an FBI confidential source in exchange for his agreement to perform official acts to further the source’s business interest.

Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher, who heads the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, said the seven-count indictment returned Wednesday charges Mr. Anderson with two counts of extortion, one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy, and three counts of money laundering in connection with the use of a sham corporation to hide the source of the bribery payments.

The indictment also said that from July 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Anderson, along with another person identified as “Lobbyist A,” solicited and received $26,000 in payments from an FBI confidential source, in exchange for Mr. Anderson’s agreement to take official acts as a member of the Alaska Legislature.

According to the indictment, Mr. Anderson and Lobbyist A participated in the creation of a sham corporation to conceal the existence and true origin of the payments, and used the sham corporation to funnel a portion of the $26,000 to Mr. Anderson.

The indictment said the FBI confidential source was a consultant for a private corrections company located outside the state of Alaska, and Mr. Anderson and Lobbyist A initiated contact with the FBI confidential source in order to solicit bribery payments.

The FBI confidential source, however, never communicated those solicitations or any other information to the corrections company because of the undercover nature of the operation, the indictment said. The corrections company was not implicated in the corrupt activities that are charged in the indictment.

If convicted, Mr. Anderson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $250,000 fine on the extortion counts; a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $500,000 fine on each of the money-laundering counts; a maximum penalty of 10 years and a $250,000 fine on the bribery count; and a maximum penalty of five years and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy count.

The case is being prosecuted by trial attorneys Nicholas A. Marsh and Edward P. Sullivan of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, which is headed by Acting Chief Edward C. Nucci, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph W. Bottini and James A. Goeke in Alaska.

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