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Alaska legislator who killed oil-tax bill to plead guilty to bribery

Former state Rep. Beverly Masek has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to receive a bribe, according to documents filed today in U.S. District Court in Anchorage.

Masek, a Republican from Willow who represented the Matanuska-Susitna area between 1995 and 2004, was accused by the Justice Department of accepting at least $4,000 from former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen in 2003.

In return for the money, she killed an oil tax bill she had introduced after Allen told her it was "harmful" to his oil industry clients, according to the charges.

Masek is scheduled to enter her guilty plea tomorrow morning before U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline. Under the plea deal filed with the charges, she faces a prison sentence of 18 to 24 months and a fine of $4,000 to $40,000.

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