'No Paper Trail' Ordered for Stevens Home Remodeling

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors have introduced a note that reads "No paper trail'' as evidence in the corruption trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

A bookkeeper for Alaska oil services giant VECO originally got the note when she questioned expense reports for a construction project. She wanted to know who was getting the work and why it was performed.

Prosecutors say it was part of a scheme by Stevens and VECO founder Bill Allen to hide more than a-quarter million dollars in home renovations and other gifts that the contractor bestowed on the Republican senator.

Stevens' lawyers say the senator was too busy to oversee every aspect of the project but did pay the bills that came in.

VECO employees, including an electrician, testified that they put in 10-hour days and six-day weeks working on the senator's house.

On the Net:
Justice Department documents:
http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/us-v-stevens/
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