From Kyle in Anchorage:
On Aug. 30 of last year, Bill Allen thought he was meeting up with Sen. Fred Dyson for breakfast. Instead, he ended up spending the day with federal investigators.
That’s how Allen described the day he learned of the FBI’s case against him. (Adds some context to this morning’s encounter between Dyson and Allen that Michael Carey reported, huh?)
"Fred Dyson asked me to go to breakfast ... he whipped over on the road and said, 'You need to talk to these people and so they started knocking on the window of the pickup," Allen said. It wasn't clear where they where.
Also in the last hour of testimony today, Allen said Veco sold for more than $400 million. Allen owned a five percent share, while his three kids split another 80 percent of the company.
Kott’s lawyer, Jim Wendt, asked a line of questions that looked to show that the feds had Allen over a barrel. At one point, he brought up Allen’s nephew, who Allen is on bad terms with.
Wendt asked if the nephew had been involved in some kind of blackmail. “Yes,” Allen said.
The questions turned to whether Allen had somehow threatened to kill the nephew or have him killed, and whether investigators might use that against Allen.
Allen said he didn’t make such a threat. “Not me, no. I told them (him?) I’d beat the shit out of him,” Allen said.
Later, he said: “I never did say that I would kill him. No. I wouldn’t have done that … because his mother is my sister.”
As the day came to an end. Allen sometimes looked irritated. At one point, Wendt was asking about $1,000 that Allen gave to Kott. The questions revolved around whether the money was re-imbursment for a donation Kott made to Gov. Frank Murkowski -- and if Kott asked for the payment.
After a series of similar questions, Allen raised his hand a little. “He didn’t ask it. I just gave it to him. … God damn.”
A few more thoughts:
-- The lawyers aren’t allowed to ask Allen about certain details of other cases he’s involved in. On the day he called Kott, to ask about money that went to Kott’s son, who else did Allen call? What other investigations are still in the works?
-- Throughout the testimony, Allen sounded proud of his company, and talked about taking the hit for Veco so the company wouldn’t face charges itself. “I knew that I would pay the price personally, and I didn’t care what happens to me. I thought about those people (workers) and I thought about my kids.”
-- Allen said the bonus program - in which Veco execs got money that they were to spend on political donations and, Allen said, charities - was set up by Veco exec Pete Leathard. If you ever look through old APOC records, you’ll often see five or six Veco officials giving large checks to the same candidate on the same day.