Here are some of the key figures in the scandal involving the Wedtech Corp. The Bronx-based defense contractor won a $32 million no-bid contract in 1982 to build small engines for the Army that is a focus of an independent counsel's investigation. The firm is now in bankruptcy and its new management is suing several of its former high-paid consultants. LYN NOFZIGER
A close associate of President Reagan for more than 20 years, Nofziger announced to the nation that Reagan had been shot on March 30, 1981. A former aide in the Nixon White House, he resigned as Reagan's political director in January 1982, and served as an unpaid consultant to Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign while running his Washington lobbying firm.
Nofziger was charged with violating federal ethics laws by lobbying White House and other administration officials on Wedtech's behalf within a year of leaving the government. EDWIN MEESE III
In 1982, while serving as a White House counselor, Meese interceded with the Pentagon to help assure Wedtech a "fair hearing." Meese was responding to a letter from Nofziger and a series of memos from an old friend, E. Bob Wallach.
In 1985, Meese invested more than $50,000 with W. Franklyn Chinn, a Wetech consultant and later director, and turned a profit of nearly $40,000 in 19 months through a series of highly speculative one-day stock trades. The Office of Government Ethics says that Meese failed to comply with federal ethics rules in setting up the limited blind partnership with Chinn.
The Wedtech probe was broadened to include Meese in May. E. BOB WALLACH
A San Francisco lawyer and an old friend of Meese, Wallach sent about a dozen memos on Wedtech to Meese in 1981 and 1982. Wedtech later paid Wallach more than $1 million in cash and stock. W. FRANKLYN CHINN
A San Francisco investment manager who served as Meese's financial adviser, Chinn was forced to resign as a Wedtech director in February. The company's new management has sued Chinn and former Wedtech consultant R. Kent London, charging that they defrauded Wedtech of more than $1.14 million. JAMES E. JENKINS
Meese's former White House deputy, Jenkins was lobbied by Nofziger on Wedtech's Army contract and presided over a White House meeting with Nofziger partner Mark Bragg and Army officials to discuss the proposal. Jenkins later became Wedtech's Washington representative. MICHAEL CARDENAS
A former head of the Small Business Administration, Cardenas says he was pressured by White House aides to award Wedtech the 1982 Army contract. MARK BRAGG
A partner in Nofziger's consulting firm, Bragg was charged yesterday with one count of aiding and abetting Nofziger's illegal activities. REP. MARIO BIAGGI
The Democratic congressman from New York -- along with his son Richard, his longtime law partner Bernard Ehrlich, former Bronx Borough President Stanley Simon, Wedtech founder John Mariotta and three others -- was indicted last month on racketeering, fraud, extortion and bribery charges. Wedtech paid $225,000 to the law firm of Biaggi's son. Biaggi has pleaded not guilty. CLARENCE M. MITCHELL III
The former Maryland state senator and his brother, state Sen. Michael B. Mitchell, were indicted in April on charges of conspiring to block a congressional investigation of Wedtech by their uncle, former U.S. representative Parren J. Mitchell (D-Md.). Wedtech paid Michael Mitchell's law firm $110,000. JAMES C. McKAY
A veteran attorney with Covington & Burling, McKay was named independent counsel in the Wedtech case in February by a special three-judge court.