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June 5, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Federal agents are investigating whether Jessica Hahn received Wedtech Corp. money to keep quiet about her liaison with PTL evangelist Jim Bakker, a newspaper reported yesterday. The company is at the center of a bribery scandal that resulted in the indictment Wednesday of U.S. Rep. Mario Biaggi, D-N.Y., and six others on racketeering charges. The New York Daily News, quoting unidentified law enforcement sources, said FBI agents are looking into whether part of the $265,000 fund set up for Hahn by PTL came indirectly from Wedtech.
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June 2, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Attorney General Edwin Meese testified for more than two hours yesterday before a federal grand jury investigating his role in helping scandal-ridden Wedtech Corp. win a $32 million no-bid Army contract. Meese's lawyer, Nathan Lewin, said Meese answered all the questions McKay asked him. Lewin declined to discuss the nature of the questions. Lewin said it was the second time Meese had testified before the grand jury. Meese, who was White House counselor until he became attorney general in 1985, went before the grand jury in March, when prosecutors viewed him mainly as a witness against former White House aide Lyn Nofziger and others under investigation for aiding the New York defense contractor, Lewin said.
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July 2, 1987 | By Jimmy Breslin
Andy Kleman of Andy's Repair Shop stood in the silence and heat of the Wedtech Corp. Hunts Point plant, a block-long cinder-block building that sits a few yards away from the East River. The garage doors on both sides of the plant were open and the sound of a truck rocking over a rutted industrial street ran across the steel rafters of the almost-deserted building. Kleman was there to inspect the equipment and sign up for the Wedtech auction. The money all goes to banks and leasing companies.
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May 21, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
A high Army official wrote a letter urging contract officers to give special consideration to the Wedtech Corp. in overseeing a contract the company won after White House intervention, the New York Times reported today. And in a memorandum sent to the secretary of the Army, the official invoked President Reagan's name in seeking such consideration, the Times said. It quoted documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The letter, signed by Assistant Secretary of the Army Jay R. Sculley, urged contract officers to "take all possible actions to avoid unnecessary perturbations" to Wedtech.
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May 6, 1987 | By David Willman and Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
The Justice Department is examining Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d's relationship with a New York military-contracting firm that is accused of bribing officials to obtain government contracts, a federal special prosecutor said yesterday. The Justice Department's public integrity section is examining Meese's intercession in the awarding of a $32 million, no-bid contract to Wedtech Corp. in 1982, according to a letter sent yesterday by special prosecutor James C. McKay to the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.
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June 20, 1987 | By Matthew Purdy and Aaron Epstein, Inquirer Washington Bureau
In February 1985, a high-ranking Navy officer prescribed a swift and simple cure for Wedtech Corp.'s failure to fulfill a $24.5 million contract to build equipment critical to strategic ships at sea: Cancel the contract. One month later, the Navy ignored the officer's advice and, instead, awarded Wedtech another contract - this one for twice the amount. Federal investigations into whether Wedtech grew from a small machine shop into a $100 million military contractor through political payoffs and influence-peddling have largely centered on Army contracts it was awarded to build small engines.
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May 13, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
A former Wedtech Corp. board member and financial adviser to Attorney General Edwin Meese 3rd has been accused of fraud in an $11 million lawsuit filed by the new managers of the Bronx defense contractor. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal Bankruptcy Court, where the scandal-plagued company is in reorganization, came one day after Meese asked to be included in a special federal prosecutor's investigation of Wedtech's dealings with the government. W. Franklyn Chinn, a Wedtech director until February, was accused in the lawsuit of conspiracy to defraud the company.
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June 15, 1987 | By Aaron Epstein and Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Federal investigators say they have obtained evidence that former executives of Wedtech Corp. paid more than $100,000 to Teamsters union officials to avoid pension payments and other requirements of the labor contract at the company's plant in New York City. Labor-racketeering charges are likely to be added to the indictments already obtained in a broad federal corruption investigation of Wedtech that has involved former White House officials, members of Congress and other public officials, according to one of the investigators.
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May 22, 1987 | By Aaron Epstein and Matthew Purdy, Inquirer Washington Bureau (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
The former administrator of the Small Business Administration and his two top aides said that the White House repeatedly pressured them in 1981 and 1982 to approve an Army contract that now is the subject of several criminal investigations. Michael Cardenas, the former administrator, said White House aides reminded his staff about every two weeks of their interest in an effort by a small Bronx, N.Y., company now known as Wedtech to obtain a $32 million, no-bid contract to build small gasoline engines for the Army.
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September 27, 1989 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Rich Heidorn Jr. and Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Courter wrote in 1981 to then- Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh urging him to give "every consideration" to a defense contract for Wedtech Corp., according to court testimony in New York yesterday. Courter's name arose yesterday at the trial of U.S. Rep. Robert Garcia (D., N.Y.) and his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, who are charged with conspiring to obtain $185,000 in checks, interest-free loans and valuable gifts from Wedtech officials in exchange for favors.
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October 21, 1989 | By Alex Michelini, New York Daily News
Rep. Robert Garcia, who rose from the streets of the south Bronx to Capitol Hill, was convicted with his wife yesterday of extorting payoffs from the corrupt Wedtech Corp. The 56-year-old lawmaker reached over and squeezed the hand of his wife, Jane Lee, 48, as the jury forewoman, Heidi Vatter, read the verdict in Manhattan Federal Court. Afterwards, Garcia said in a choking voice that he was "saddened and disheartened" by the outcome, and was "particularly distressed" by the finding against his wife, "who I love dearly.
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September 27, 1989 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writer Rich Heidorn Jr. and Inquirer wire services contributed to this article
Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Courter wrote in 1981 to then- Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh urging him to give "every consideration" to a defense contract for Wedtech Corp., according to court testimony in New York yesterday. Courter's name arose yesterday at the trial of U.S. Rep. Robert Garcia (D., N.Y.) and his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, who are charged with conspiring to obtain $185,000 in checks, interest-free loans and valuable gifts from Wedtech officials in exchange for favors.
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September 16, 1988 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven former officers of a small, bankrupt Lancaster defense contractor were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia, charged with fraud and bribery in a scheme that prosecutors say overcharged the government more than $16 million in two military contracts. And government investigators warned that the indictment against James B. Christian, the president of United Chem Con Corp. (UCC), and six other executives is likely just the first of several related defense fraud prosecutions.
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August 13, 1988 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwin Meese 3d, striking back at his critics as he stepped down as attorney general, said yesterday that he had signed an order giving his successor the power to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate members of Congress suspected of illegal conduct. Meese, himself the subject of two probes by independent counsels, made the announcement during a news conference just an hour before former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh was sworn in as the nation's 76th attorney general. Meese announced that he had signed the executive order Thursday.
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August 5, 1988 | By Patricia Edmonds, Inquirer Washington Bureau
No one said "Wedtech" - or any of the other now-familiar buzzwords for controversies that have dogged Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d. Instead, they used accolades like "patriot" and "giant" as more than 500 people showered the attorney general with cheers and parting gifts during the formal farewell ceremony yesterday at the Justice Department for Meese. Meese, 56, who became the nation's 75th attorney general in February 1985, is leaving after 3 1/2 years of nearly nonstop controversy.
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August 5, 1988 | By Rick Lyman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rep. Mario Biaggi, who dominated Bronx politics for two decades, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on charges of racketeering, extortion and accepting a $3.6 million bribe from the once-obscure defense contractor Wedtech Corp. Also convicted on racketeering and other charges were former Bronx Borough President Stanley Simon; Wedtech founder John Mariotta; Peter Neglia, a former official of the Small Business Administration, and former Biaggi law partner Bernard Ehrlich.
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August 1, 1988 | BY ROBERT C. MAYNARD
Friends, my father used to say of people in public life, "can often do you more harm than your enemies. " After all the heated debate over the ethics of Attorney General Edwin Meese III, that, above all, appears be the lesson: Those in high places should be careful of their friends. If ever there were a job in which the wrong friends can be a fatal affair, surely that job is attorney general of the United States. In a nation ruled by law, not church or oligarchy, the head of the Justice Department must serve as the human symbol of our national determination to place the law above men and not the other way around.
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July 27, 1988 | By David Willman, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Arnold I. Burns, the former top aide to Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d, said yesterday that he quit because Meese operated in an "Alice in Wonderland" fantasy world that blinded him to the implications of his dealings with his longtime friend who was under indictment, lawyer E. Robert Wallach. Another former chief aide, William F. Weld, said he resigned the same day because he had concluded that if Meese were an "ordinary public official," he would have been prosecuted for exchanging favors with Wallach.
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July 26, 1988 | By David Willman, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d yesterday accused two of his former top aides of mishandling their preliminary investigation of his involvement with the Wedtech Corp. and, as a result, of needlessly referring the case to a special prosecutor in 1987. Meese's criticisms of former Deputy Attorney General Arnold I. Burns and former Criminal Division chief William F. Weld came one day before the two men were scheduled to tell Congress, for the first time, why they abruptly resigned their positions in March.
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July 21, 1988 | This report compiled from Daily News wire services
TRIO POSE AS GUARDS, GRAB $1M NEW YORK - Three men posing as guards of an armored car company made off with $50,000 in cash and about $950,000 in checks from a Pan Am airlines counter at Kennedy International Airport yesterday, authorities said. The trio, dressed in blue uniforms, entered the Pan Am building at 1:35 p.m. and walked up to a cashier who handles ticket sales and other transactions, said Allen Morrison, a spokesman for the Port Authority. He said the men presented what appeared to be legitimate identification cards from Armored Transport in Brooklyn.
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