Former Alaska rep gets 6 months in state's bribery scandal

ANCHORAGE — Former Alaska state Rep. Beverly Masek was sentenced to six months in prison for her part in the Alaska political corruption scandal that also led to the prosecution of former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Masek, who served five terms representing an area of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. She accepted $4,000 in 2003 from former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen, an oil-field contractor.

According to the charge, she begged for money from Allen and another Veco official, at one point killing a tax bill after Allen complained it would hurt his oil-industry clients, then collecting $2,000 for her efforts.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline also gave Masek three years' probation.

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