"Ex-FBI Chief Freeh to Head BP Settlement Program Probe"

"Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will head an ethics probe of the organization that’s processing and paying oil-spill damage claims for BP Plc."

"Freeh, a former federal judge, will conduct an external investigation to supplement an internal probe already under way of a staff attorney at the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program. The attorney was suspended after being accused of accepting fees from law firms while processing their clients’ claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

'The court has concluded that in order to ensure the integrity of the program for the benefit of the parties and the public, an independent, external investigation of this matter should be performed,' U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said in an order today.

Freeh will also conduct 'fact finding as to any other possible ethical violations or other misconduct' within the claims-settlement program, Barbier said. He’ll evaluate the organization’s internal compliance program and 'anti-corruption controls' and recommend improvements."

Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk report for Bloomberg July 2, 2013.

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"Louis Freeh, Ex-FBI Director, To Investigate Potential Misconduct Over BP Settlement" (AP)

Source: Bloomberg, 07/03/2013