Alaskan Express logistics manager charged with bribery
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The RCMP is charging an Alaskans Express logistics management manager with bribery and fraud offences, after investigators found he accepted $600,000 in cash in exchange for steering contracts to an Anchorage Express bus company.
The charges were laid Monday.
The Crown alleges in the indictment that in 2011, in exchange to influence a deal between the Anchorage Express and a transportation company in which the Alaska Express had a minority stake, Mr. Kasten accepted $400,000 worth of cash.
The indictment alleges he then gave the Anchorage company $200,000.
Mr. Jaffe’s defence lawyer, Paul Kastner, said the Crown has not provided any evidence to prove the allegations against Mr. Mair are true.
“They’ve been making false statements,” he said.
“He’s an honest person.”
The Anchorage Express declined comment.
The RCMP said Mr. Alarick has been employed with the service since 2014.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it would not comment on pending investigations.
Alask’s chief minister, Dan Sullivan, said in a statement that the charges were “deeply concerning and unacceptable.”
“I have been extremely concerned by the allegations and I have taken immediate action,” he wrote.
The allegations came after a string of corruption scandals, including the awarding of lucrative contracts to companies with close ties to the Liberal government.
The investigation into the Anchorage-to-Alaska Express deal came to light last month after CBC News revealed allegations of bribery in the bid for the contract.
The CBC said Mr, Mair and two other employees had been accused of using personal funds to cover up the bribery allegations.
CBC News also reported that the company’s chief financial officer had allegedly used the company bank account for personal purposes.
Mr Mair is also accused of taking $1.4 million from a company linked to Mr. Sullivan to pay for an expensive ski trip for his wife.
In a statement released Monday, Mr Sullivan said Mr Mairs actions have not and will not impact the public interest.
“As the chief minister of Alaska, it is my responsibility to uphold the public trust and integrity,” Mr. Smith said.
He added that the public service has to be above politics.
“Our work has to serve the public well.
If there is anything I have learned in my 30 years as a public servant, it’s that people are entitled to expect their government to deliver on its promises.
That is the fundamental foundation of public service.”
In November, Mr Marest announced a major review of the company after an internal review found “serious deficiencies” in the Anchorage bus company’s performance.
“We are not in the business of building infrastructure, which is why our new CEO, Bob Kast, will be bringing an entirely new approach to Anchorage Express,” he told reporters.
The company said it was confident in its ability to operate safely and safely deliver the service and that it will be “working with our partners and stakeholders” to “improve the experience for passengers.”
Mr. Sorenson, who is also the chairman of the Alaska Department of Transportation, said last week that he expected the probe to conclude by the end of the month.
“I know there’s a lot of good people out there who want to do the right thing and work for the public good, and I’m hoping that we can come to a resolution,” he added.
With files from The Canadian Press
The RCMP is charging an Alaskans Express logistics management manager with bribery and fraud offences, after investigators found he accepted…