Former state Rep. Tom Anderson should be released early from probation because he has completed a substance abuse program and "is no longer in need of supervision," the U.S. probation office in Anchorage said Tuesday.
In a filing in U.S. District Court, the probation and pretrial services office said Anderson has complied with all the terms of his supervised release from prison. The office asked the judge who presided over Anderson's 2007 trial, John Sedwick, for an order discharging Anderson from probation about nine months early.
Anderson, a two-term Anchorage Republican, served a five-year sentence on bribery, conspiracy and money-laundering charges in a scheme to assist a private prison company seeking a contract with the state. The FBI investigation of Anderson and the private prison effort led federal investigators to the larger corruption scandal involving the defunct oil-field services company Veco.
The probation office said prosecutors had no objection to Anderson's early release from probation. He's now running a public relations company and hosts a talk-radio show called "Ethically Speaking."
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By RICHARD MAUER
Anchorage Daily News