An Army probe that allegedly forced a Wedtech Corp. rival out of business included accusations echoing those contained in memos sent to Attorney General Edwin Meese III by a friend and Wed-tech consultant, it was reported Thursday.
Allegations in memos sent to Meese by Wedtech consultant Robert Wallach bear a striking similarity to language contained in a highly critical Army report on the company later issued by the Army, the Los Angeles Times reported in today's editions.However, no link between Meese and the investigation of Houston-based Garcia Ordnance Corp. has been docu-mented, the newspaper said.
Wallach was indicted on charges that he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wedtech in an improper attempt to influence Meese on behalf of the defunct New York defense contractor. Wallach is scheduled to be tried with two associates later this year.
Garcia Ordnance is not mentioned in Wallach's indictment.
Wedtech received a no-bid, $32-million Army engine contract in 1982 with strong backing from then-Meese aide James E. Jenkins, according to testimony in federal court earlier this year and at Senate hearings last fall.
Although many of the allegations made against Garcia were never proven, the newspaper reported, its executives were barred from doing business with the government.