July 11, 1989
Former U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III testified in New York that his longtime friend and former lawyer E. Robert Wallach never sought preferential treatment for the Wedtech Corp. Meese also testified at Wallach's racketeering trial that Wallach never asked him to intervene in the investigation of the now-defunct military contractor.
July 19, 1988 |
A federal judge Monday set a Jan. 3 trial date for three men charged with racketeering in the Wedtech Corp. scandal, ensuring that potentially embarrassing testimony about the bankrupt defense contractor will not be given until after the presidential election. Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Richard Owen for an earlier date, but the defense said it needed more time and one defense attorney said he would be tied up in other trials until early December. The defendants are attorney E.
December 23, 1987 |
A former lawyer for Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and Meese's former investment adviser were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury here on charges of racketeering, mail and wire fraud and conspiring to defraud the United States in actions related to their work for Wedtech Corp. The indictment--returned by a grand jury under the direction of U.S. Atty. Rudolph W. Giuliani--says that E. Robert Wallach, Meese's former attorney, had sought to influence Meese on behalf of now-defunct Wedtech.
August 22, 1987 |
James C. McKay, the independent counsel investigating the ties of Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III to scandal-plagued Wedtech Corp., secretly urged Friday that Meese's former financial adviser be jailed immediately for refusing to release foreign bank account records needed in the influence-peddling inquiry. McKay's plea to back up a contempt of court finding with an indefinite jail sentence for former Meese adviser W. Franklyn Chinn was submitted under seal to the U.S.
July 9, 1987
Two former Wedtech Corp. associates bilked the now-bankrupt and scandal-ridden Bronx, N.Y., defense contractor of $315,000 more than originally believed through fraudulent billings, the company charged. An expanded lawsuit brought to $1,455,000 the amount of money the two--W. Franklyn Chinn and R. Kent London--allegedly embezzled from Wedtech through fraudulent consulting, travel and entertainment charges. Chinn has been at the center of the Wedtech influence-buying scandal that brought Atty.
May 13, 1987 |
The new managers of bankrupt Wedtech Corp. Tuesday filed an $11-million lawsuit against Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III's financial consultant, W. Franklyn Chinn, charging he conspired to defraud the Bronx-based military contractor by submitting false invoices to collect over a million dollars in unearned consulting fees. The suit names another former Wedtech consultant, Dr. R. Kent London, as a participant in the scheme.