Salmon group subpoenaed in investigation

Grand jury orders Southeast seiners to turn over records

Posted: Monday, December 11, 2006

ANCHORAGE - Federal corruption investigations involving a few of Alaska's most prominent politicians appear to be advancing.

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In the latest publicized development, the director of a Juneau-based salmon fishing group said he received a grand jury subpoena ordering him to turn over lobbying and consulting records involving state Senate President Ben Stevens and former congressional aide Trevor McCabe, an Anchorage lawyer.

The grand jury subpoena, issued last month, also seeks records on the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board, a nonprofit federal-grant distribution corporation set up by Ben Stevens' father, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

The subpoena said the grand jury was investigating felony crimes, said Robert Thorstenson Jr., executive director of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association.

Thorstenson said he has packed 16 boxes of documents in response to the subpoena.

The government sought e-mails, board minutes, contracts, and tax and other financial records, Thorstenson told the Anchorage Daily News.

A federal corruption investigation became known to the public in August with raids of the offices of six legislators, including Ben Stevens. Agents returned to search Stevens' offices Sept. 18.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, on seven counts charging extortion, bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. It was not clear whether Anderson's arrest was related to the raid on legislative offices, or to the fishing group subpoena.

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