|Tom DeLay- Corporate Whore|
DeLay case prosecutor seeks files in California
By Suzanne Gamboa
Published December 14, 2005
WASHINGTON -- A Texas prosecutor has issued subpoenas for bank records and other information of a defense contractor involved in the bribery case of a California congressman as part of the investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
District Atty. Ronnie Earle issued subpoenas Monday for California businessmen Brent Wilkes and Max Gelwix, and for records of Perfect Wave Technologies LLC, Wilkes Corp. and ADCS Inc.
Earle is looking at a contribution to a fundraising committee at the center of the investigation that led to DeLay's indictment on money-laundering charges.
Perfect Wave contributed $15,000 on Sept. 20, 2002, to Texans for a Republican Majority, a fundraising committee founded by DeLay (R-Texas).
Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham resigned in late November after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to companies.
On Tuesday, Earle subpoenaed written testimony that DeLay and two others gave in a 1994 lawsuit brought by DeLay's former pest control business partner. Ex-partner Robert Blankenship alleged in the suit that he was unjustly cut out of the business by DeLay and another man. The lawsuit ended in a confidential settlement in 1995.
DeLay gave differing stories about whether he was an officer of Albo Pest Control Co. during his deposition and when he filed a financial disclosure document with the House.
"He can subpoena all he wants. There is nothing there," said DeLay's attorney Dick DeGuerin. "I think he's trying to dig himself out of a hole. We're not concerned about it."
The subpoenas also seek correspondence and internal accounting records.
Wilkes, head of Wilkes Corp., is one of four unnamed co-conspirators listed in Cunningham's plea agreement, Wilkes' attorney, Michael Lipman of San Diego, has said. Lipman did not return calls for comment.
Defense contractor ADCS and Perfect Wave Technologies are subsidiaries of Wilkes Corp.
Gelwix was listed in federal campaign records last year as president and CEO of Perfect Wave Technologies. A message left at his office was not immediately returned.
Wilkes' company also hired Alexander Strategies, a consulting firm that employed DeLay's wife, Christine. His private jet company, Group W Transportation, provided flights to DeLay three times. DeLay reimbursed Group W as required, records show.
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