WASHINGTON – Thomas T. Anderson, a former elected member of the Alaska State House of Representatives, was sentenced to 60 months incarceration by the Honorable John W. Sedwick, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. Anderson was also sentenced to two years’ supervised release and a special assessment.
On July 9, 2007, a federal jury in Anchorage convicted Anderson of all seven counts charged in a December 2006 indictment. The jury found that Anderson solicited and received money from an FBI confidential source in exchange for Anderson’s agreement to perform official acts to further a business interest represented by the confidential source.
Evidence at trial showed that from July 2004 to March 2005, Anderson and lobbyist William B. Bobrick solicited and received $24,000 in payments in exchange for Anderson’s agreement to take official action as a member of the Alaska State Legislature. Anderson solicited and received an extra $2,000 from the source, in addition to the $24,000. Anderson and Bobrick participated in the creation of a sham corporation – Pacific Publications – to conceal the existence and true origin of the payments, and used the sham corporation to funnel a portion of the bribes to Anderson.
This matter was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Nicholas A. Marsh and Edward P. Sullivan of the Public Integrity Section, headed by Section Chief William M. Welch II, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph W. Bottini and James A. Goeke from the District of Alaska. The case is being investigated by special agents of the FBI.