Oe of our favorite wide-ranging probes, the one into corruption in Alaska state government, grinds relentlessly on.
The Justice Department just announced that Beverly Masek, a former member of the state House of Representatives, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bribery, in connection with cash payments she received from oil-services contractor Bil Allen, in exchange for using her position to take actions that benefited Allen’s company.
Masek faces a maximum of five years in prison, and is due to be sentenced in May.
The wide-ranging probe, of course, has already netted Ted Stevens — the Republican former U.S. senator, who was convicted last fall of making false statement on his Senate disclosure forms in connection to gifts he received from Allen. — as well as several Alaska state lawmakers in addition to Masek.