Two top officers of an oil field services company pleaded guilty Monday to bribing Alaska lawmakers.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Two top officers of an oil field services company pleaded guilty Monday to bribing Alaska lawmakers.

Bill J. Allen, chief executive officer of Anchorage-based VECO Corp., and Rick L. Smith, a company vice president, entered their pleas in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Both were charged with extortion, bribery, and conspiracy to impede the Internal Revenue Service. Sentencing was not immediately scheduled.

Their pleas came three days after federal charges were filed against one current and two former members of the Alaska House of Representatives for bribery and extortion related to last year’s negotiations over a new oil and gas tax and a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Attorneys for the two men did not immediately return messages Monday to The Associated Press.

On Friday, state Rep. Victor Kohring of Wasilla and former Reps. Pete Kott of Eagle River and Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau pleaded not guilty.

Kott is accused of accepting $8,993 in payments, $2,750 in polling expenses and the promise of a future contract as a lobbyist for VECO in exchange for his support of a natural gas pipeline and a tax proposal favored by VECO, according to court documents.

The indictment does not name the company, but an attorney for VECO Corp. said it was the company involved.

Kohring is accused of soliciting and accepting up to $2,600 in cash and a $3,000 job for a relative from VECO executives in exchange for his support. The indictment also alleges Kohring sought but did not receive a $17,000 loan for credit card debt.

Weyhrauch, a 54-year-old lawyer, is charged with helping advance the oil service company’s causes in exchange for the promise of future legal work, the indictment said.

Amy Menard, an attorney representing VECO in the investigation, told the AP that the Anchorage-based corporation has turned over more than 100,000 pages of documents to the government.

An FBI spokesman said the arrests stemmed from an investigation that led federal agents to last summer raid the offices of at least six lawmakers, including Kohring, Kott and Weyhrauch, in a search of ties to VECO.

VECO Corp. is an Alaska oil field services and construction company whose executives are major contributors to Republican political campaigns.

The tax passed, but the contract for the pipeline negotiated by former Gov. Frank Murkowski was never approved.

New Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday said she would call for a review of how the previous administration and legislature pursued that tax structure.