UTILITIES: Hopson Indicted

Last week U. S. criminal statutes tangled the feet of one of the nimblest and boldest industrial quarterbacks who ever lived. Indicted on 19 counts for fraud and conspiracy was fat, ill Howard Hopson, who for 18 years called the plays for flashy Associated Gas & Electric System (now in the bankruptcy courts). Among those indicted with Hoppy were three running mates: his banker-leg man Fred Burroughs, his lawyers, Charles Travis and Garrett Brownback.

Typically colorful trick play on which the indictment is based concerned two private Hopson companies called Associated Securities Corp....

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