A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Paul S. Visher, a former Hughes Aircraft executive, charging that he participated in a conspiracy that funneled $300,000 in illegal payments to a top official at an international satellite consortium to obtain the organization's "goodwill" in purchasing Hughes communications satellites.
The 10-count indictment alleges that Visher, who was a vice president at Los Angeles-based Hughes, authorized payments to several consultants in South America, who then passed the money back to Jose L. Alegrett, former deputy director of Intelsat, a multigovernment consortium that operates a fleet of satellites.
Alegrett was earlier convicted of fraud related to the construction of Intelsat's headquarters in Washington and sentenced to 16 months in prison.
Visher, 69, a resident of Gearhart, Ore., could not be reached for comment. Visher, formerly of Malibu, worked for Hughes from 1956 to 1987. He served as deputy assistant secretary of defense in 1961 and 1962.