Judge delays sentencing for former Rep. Masek

Posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The sentencing of former state Rep. Beverly Masek has been delayed until September.

The former Republican representative from Willow pleaded guilty in March to illegally accepting at least $4,000 from former VECO Corp. chief executive Bill Allen.

Prosecutors say Masek acted at Allen's request in 2003 to kill a bill that would have raised crude oil taxes. VECO was a company that did maintenance, design and construction work for oil companies.

Sentencing was originally set for May and moved to June.

The delay will allow Masek to complete psychiatric and substance-abuse evaluations.

Masek's plea deal calls for a prison sentence of 18 to 24 months and a fine ranging from $4,000 to $40,000.

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