Former lawmaker, Alaska Native, pleads guilty
Beverly Masek, a former Alaska state lawmaker, agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to receive a bribe.

Masek, a Republican from the Athabascan village of Anvik, accepted at least $4,000 from the leader of an oil services company who was at the center of a major corruption scandal in the state. She killed a bill she introduced at the behest of former Veco Corp. chief executive Bill Allen, federal prosecutors said.

Masek allegedly sought further bribes from Allen. She was told she should return to mush racing so that Veco could launder money as a "sponsor" although prosecutors said the plan never took place.

Masek is the 6th state lawmaker and the 11th person convicted in connection with the Veco scandal, which also ensnared former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R).

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Masek to plead guilty to conspiracy (The Anchorage Daily News 3/12)