Federal authorities searched the home of a powerful US senator from Alaska on Monday as part of a political corruption investigation in the remote US state.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service spent Monday afternoon searching the Girdwood, Alaska home of Senator Ted Stevens, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
An ongoing investigation of oil services company Vecco has centred on bribery of Alaska politicians, and four state-level lawmakers have been charged in connection with the case.
Authorities have been looking into the remodelling of Stevens' home, and a contractor alleged in the newspaper that bills for the project were submitted to the energy company.
Stevens has served in the US upper-house for nearly 40 years and exercised wide control over government finances as the ranking Republican on the powerful Appropriations Committee.
In a statement, he said he would not comment on the details of the case, but urged constituents not to rush to judgement based on incomplete information. He had earlier said he paid for his home's renovations himself.
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