December 2, 1988
Rep. Robert Garcia (D-N.Y.) and his wife pleaded innocent to federal bribery and extortion charges stemming from the Wedtech corruption scandal. Garcia, 55, his wife, Jane Lee Garcia, 48, and a lawyer from Puerto Rico, Ralph Vallone Jr., 41, were indicted last week for an alleged conspiracy to obtain $185,000 in cash, interest-free loans and jewelry from the Wedtech Corp. The indictment came just a few days after former Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-N.Y.
October 30, 1987 |
An independent counsel's investigation of Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III's involvement with scandal-plagued Wedtech Corp. has focused partly on whether Meese supplied his longtime friend E. Robert Wallach with sensitive law-enforcement information about a criminal probe of Wedtech, sources said Thursday.
July 22, 1987 |
Federal investigators in the Wedtech Corp. probe are focusing on allegations that E. Robert Wallach, a lawyer and close friend of Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, used Wedtech's purchase of a shipyard to cover payments to him intended to influence the Reagan Administration on the company's behalf, sources close to the case said Tuesday. The allegations surfaced Monday in a $3.
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.
June 12, 1991 |
The Wedtech Corp. defendant whose discredited testimony as a government witness prompted a federal appeals court to throw out convictions of three other defendants was sentenced to up to six years in prison for perjury. Anthony Guariglia, 39, the former president of the defunct Bronx military contractor, was sentenced to between two and six years for the state portion of his case.
July 13, 1990 |
Former Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III was awarded $460,509 in federal reimbursement Thursday for legal expenses he incurred during a special prosecutor's criminal investigation. Independent counsel James C. McKay had declined to prosecute Meese at the conclusion of the investigation. Among other things, Meese was investigated for possible ethics law violations for intervening to help Wedtech Corp. obtain a lucrative defense contract.