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Alleged power plant deal could have made politicians wealthy, authorities say

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Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2003 10:00 pm

Court papers made available this week reveal the most thorough accounts so far of an alleged power plant deal that, according to authorities, could have made several local politicians rich.

A 34-page FBI search warrant affidavit catalogues several alleged e-mail messages, phone calls and clandestine meetings in 2000 and 2001 where San Joaquin County leaders and lobbyists reportedly mapped out a plan to squash one power plant bid, in favor of another from a competing company. The deal, according to federal authorities, would have netted the men a $2 million payoff.

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