DETROIT -- A former attorney, accountant and confidant of two former ThyssenKrupp N.A. Inc. executives last week described in detail how he filtered money the men are accused of taking in a $6.5 million kickback scheme.
Jerome Allen, who reached a plea agreement, said former Thyssen-Krupp N.A. CEO Kenneth Graham approached him about a plan to make money off the expansion of the company's Detroit steel-processing plant in the 1990s. He said Graham told him to work with former Vice President Kyle Dresbach.
Graham and Dresbach are on trial for conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering. Both retired from the company before they were indicted.
Allen, who had done legal and financial work for Graham since the 1970s, testified he asked Graham and Dresbach why they needed him.
"They told me they needed somebody to front the receipt of money and pay the payments," Allen said.
The two executives didn't want any direct connection, he said.
The trial is expected to last several weeks.