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Posted: Jan 17, 2014 6:42 PM

Updated: Jan 17, 2014 6:43 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A court-appointed investigator looking into the claims process for the 2010 BP oil spill says a former staff attorney for the spill claims administrator sent an email with confidential information to a law firm where the staffer's relatives work.

Investigator Louis Freeh, a former FBI director, also criticized the staffer, David Duval, for visiting a bar that received a $500,000 claim award.

Freeh said neither Duval nor his relatives' law firm benefited financially from the confidential email and that the action was promptly reported by Duval's uncle, a firm member. Freeh also didn't find evidence of "unusual behavior" involving the bar that received the claim award. However, Freeh said the actions raise ethical concerns. He said the claims administrator's office should continue to train his staff on high ethical expectations.

Topics: Gulf Oil Spill-Settlement

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