From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
One of the recordings we picked up in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Pete Kott is the tape of Friday's testimony in federal court.
Here's a quick transcript of former Veco chief Bill Allen talking about how he helped remodel the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY JIM WENDT: One of the allegations is that you helped sen. Ted stevens with remodeling his house in Girdwood. Isn’t that true?
WENDT: OK, in helping Sen. Ted Stevens remodel his house in Girdwood, you and or Veco, paid a number of bills that were involved in remodeling that residence. Isn’t that true?
ALLEN: You know. Uh, if you say, uh, material. Uh. I, I, I give Ted some old, old furniture. But you know, I don’t think there was a lot of material. Uh, there was some labor.
WENDT: So you, there wasn’t a lot of material, but you paid some labor bills that went into remodeling Sen. Stevens' house?
WENDT: OK. And would those be labor bills for contractors who were, who were working on the house?
ALLEN: No. It would be Veco employees.
WENDT: Oh, I see, they were Veco employees who were working on the house and you paid their salaries while they were working on the house?
WENDT: Approximately how many employees were involved?
ALLEN: You know, I don’t know. I, I, I didn’t. I didn't see it a bunch, because I had to, I had to run Veco. So I don’t know. Uh, probably one to four.
WENDT: OK, and do you know for how long of a period of time?
ALLEN: No I don’t.
WENDT: Ok, would it have been weeks or months?
ALLEN: Probably a couple months.
WENDT: OK. And in addition to, uh, Sen. Ted Stevens house, where you, … well let me ask you this, in addition to supplying the Veco employees to work on the house, did you provide any other assistance? Either financial assistance in paying bills or providing workers or anything of that nature?
WENDT: Just the workers. That’s all you provided?
ALLEN: Well I told about the, uh, the uh old used furniture
WENDT: The furniture. That’s all?
ALLEN: That’s all I can, you know, remember. Uh … uh I, like again I hadn’t, uh, I went by, maybe, maybe a month or two to, to see what they were doing. But I wasn’t there. Most the time I was gone with Veco’s business in Canada and Russia.
WENDT: So when you said you went by maybe a month or two to see what they were doing. Are you just saying you would go by every month or two months just to keep an eye on the progress that was being done on the house?
WENDT: And how long did it take for the house to be completed from beginning to end. What are we talking about here? Six months? A year?
ALLEN: I don’t know. Probably … maybe as much as six months.