Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sen. Stevens of Alaska Faces Criminal Charges

Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, the longest serving U.S. Republican senator ever, was indicted today on seven counts of making false statements, according to a federal grand jury indictment.

The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled a news conference for 1:20 p.m.E.T. to make an announcement "regarding a significant criminal matter."

A federal law enforcement official said the news conference would discuss the criminal charges against Stevens.

UPDATE: Stevens was charged on Tuesday with concealing more than $250,000 of gifts, including home renovations, from an Alaska oil services company, the Justice Department said.

The indictment also charged that he received a new vehicle in exchange for an older one worth far less, and household goods such as furniture and a new gas range, the Justice Department said.

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