Anderson to report to prison on Dec. 3

Former lawmaker sentenced to 5 years in corruption case

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ANCHORAGE - A former Alaska lawmaker convicted of seven counts of conspiracy and bribery will begin his five-year federal prison sentence next month.

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Former Rep. Tom Anderson on Monday told Anchorage television station KTUU that he will report to a federal prison south of Portland, Ore., on Dec. 3.

Anderson, 40, a two-term Anchorage Republican who chose not to run for re-election in 2006, was convicted in July of taking nearly $24,000 he thought was coming from a private prison firm, Cornell Industries, in exchange for his assistance on legislation.

The money was supplied by the FBI through an informant under contract to Cornell, Frank Prewitt, a former Alaska Department of Corrections commissioner. Prewitt secretly recorded his conversations with Anderson and a co-conspirator, lobbyist Bill Bobrick, between July 2004 and March 2005. Cornell Industries was not aware of the investigation.

The 60-month sentence fell within the pre-sentencing report guidelines of 51 to 63 months.

Anderson was the first of four former Republican Alaska lawmakers arrested on federal corruption charges.

Former House Speaker Pete Kott was convicted in October of conspiracy to solicit financial benefits, extortion and bribery. He will be sentenced Dec. 7.

Former state Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, was convicted earlier this month of bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and attempted interference with commerce by extortion. He was acquitted of another count of interference with commerce by extortion. Sentencing was set Feb. 6.

The corruption trial of former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, has been delayed.

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