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2 Indicted, Charged With Ordering Hit

March 24, 2002

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ANCHORAGE (AP) _ A man and woman were indicted on charges they tried to hire a hit man to kill a federal prosecutor, a federal judge and a witness, all of whom were involved in a check fraud case against them.

Arnold Wesley Flowers and Sompong Khamsomphou were each charged with conspiracy to kill a federal officer, conspiracy to kill a witness to prevent testimony, and conspiracy to commit murder for hire.

Flowers and Khamsomphou were in custody in state holding facilities Saturday, and intake officers said they were unavailable for comment.

The indictment Friday superseded an indictment handed down last month that said Flowers and Khamsomphou teamed up on a fraud scheme involving counterfeit bank checks.

The original indictment said Khamsomphou obtained customer information at a Minnesota Branch of Wells Fargo Bank where she worked and gave it to Flowers to turn into fake checks totaling more than $40,000, which he cashed in the Anchorage area.

The prosecutor, presiding judge and a witness in that case were named in the latest indictment as targets in the murder-for-hire plot. A fourth person was named as an additional target but the indictment did not specify a connection.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alaska recused itself from the case because it involved one of its employees and a federal judge in the district. Department of Justice attorneys who are now handling the case declined to comment.

If convicted, the defendants face maximum penalties of life in prison.

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