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Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement along with a team of private attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order Tuesday naming Freeh a "special master."

Freeh is a private consultant and recently led a university-sanctioned investigation of the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal.

Claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced last month that his office is investigating allegations that an attorney on his staff received a portion of settlement proceeds for claims he had referred to a law firm before he started working on the settlement program.

BP had called for an independent review of the allegations.

Freeh served as FBI director from 1993 to 2001.

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