Lobbyist charged in bribery scandal

Bill Bobrick accused of conspiracy in federal investigation

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A prominent lobbyist has been charged with conspiracy related to a scheme to bribe former state Rep. Tom Anderson.

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Bill Bobrick, the top lobbyist on municipal issues in Anchorage, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. He is charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, bribery and money laundering, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Prosecutors say Bobrick created a sham corporation that was used to funnel money to Anderson. The money was paid by a private corrections company lobbyist who was working as a government informant, according to court documents.

Bobrick also made money off the deal, the documents say.

Anderson is facing federal bribery charges, too. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial next month. The Anchorage Republican was indicted Dec. 6 on charges that include extortion, money laundering and bribery.

Federal authorities claim Anderson took bribes from an undercover FBI informant in exchange for using his influence in the Legislature on behalf of a corrections company. The indictment charges him with collecting $12,828 in a series of payments from a lobbyist who represented private prison interests.

Bobrick is the seventh person to be charged in the corruption investigation, which was revealed last summer with the searches of state lawmakers' offices. He joins Anderson, state Rep. Vic Kohring, former Reps. Pete Kott and Bruce Weyhrauch and Veco Corp. executives Bill Allen and Richard Smith.

Bobrick, who continues to lobby city government on behalf of several clients, had told people in recent weeks that he expected to be charged soon.

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