Masek asks court to delay sentencing in bribery case

Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Former Rep. Bev Masek has asked to have her sentencing on a bribery charge delayed because a witness won't be available for the hearing in Anchorage.

Masek pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to accept a bribe from former VECO Corp. chief executive Bill Allen. She was due to learn her punishment on Sept. 16.

In a motion filed last week, Masek's public defender said a key witness, Dr. Ted Mala, can't make it to that hearing. The lawyer asked for a delay to the last week of October.

The Anchorage Daily News reported the delay would be the third for Masek, who originally was set for sentencing in May.

Her plea bargain provides a range of 18 to 24 months in prison and a $4,000 to $40,000 fine, though U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline can go outside that range if he finds cause.

Mala is director of tribal relations at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and an expert in combining traditional and Western medicine.

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