WASHINGTON - A former PaineWebber Inc. official dealt a blow to the government's case against Lance Wilson by contradicting charges that the bond financing commitment letters Wilson wrote at PaineWebber were unauthorized and fraudulent.

In testimony before the U.S. District Court here Tuesday, Joseph T. Lhota, a former PaineWebber managing director who said he supervised Wilson's housing finance work, said that the former vice president did not need his authorization to write the letters and did not view them as legally binding on the company.

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