From Kyle Hopkins at the federal courthouse:
On the stand, former Veco chief Bill Allen just admitted that he helped Sen. Ted Stevens remodel his Girdwood house.
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Reporter Rich Mauer took notes on the conversation. Here's what he heard:
James Wendt, Kott's defense attorney: “One of these allegations is that you helped Sen. Ted stevens with remodeling his house in Girdwood, isn’t that true?”
Allen: “Uh yeah.”
Wendt asked if in helping Sen. Stevens remodel his residence, Allen or Veco paid a number of bills in remodeling that residence. Isn’t that true, he said.
Allen: “You know, you say material, I, I, I, give (gave?) Ted some old furniture, I don’t think it was a lot of material. There was some labor.”
Wendt: “There wasn’t a lot of material … but you paid some labor bills that went into Sen. Stevens’ house?”
Allen said it the labor was from Veco employees.
Wendt asked how many employees were involved.
Allen: “I don’t know. I didn’t see a bunch, I had to run Veco. So I don’t know, probably one to four.”
Allen said the job lasted as much as six months.