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Business Owner Sentenced for Fraudulently Obtaining more than $2.8 Million in Government Contracts

THU, JUNE 18, 2015, 12:47 PM EST

Business owner posed as a minority or disabled veteran to win Government contracts reserved for disadvantaged groups. Read More >


Final Disposition in the Matter of U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General Report of Investigation U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ARRA Funds - Case No. OJ-C0-13-0243-1 (St. Marks)

THU, APRIL 30, 2015, 10:25 AM EST

The U.S. Department of the Interior's final disposition in the matter of Kenneth Blatt-St. Marks, who alleged that the Chippewa Cree Tribe subjected him to a prohibited reprisal as a result of making a protected disclosure under whistleblower provisions. Read More >


Justice Department Inspector General Commends Montana U.S. Attorney’s Guardians Project

MON, MARCH 2, 2015, 09:53 AM EST

A Department of the Interior OIG Resident Agent in Charge was commended for making the Montana U.S. Attorney's Guardians Project a success in a Department of Justice ceremony. Read More >


State Representative Indicted on Bribery Charges

THU, OCTOBER 23, 2014, 12:42 PM EST

A Federal Grand Jury in London, KY, has indicted state representative and Pikeville coal operator, Wendell Keith Hall, and a former State mine reclamation inspector, Kelly Shortridge, on bribery charges. Read More >


Internal report finds BLM can speed oil, gas permitting

WED, JULY 2, 2014, 11:45 AM EST

OIG recommended 6 actions that could help speed up BLM considerations of oil and gas drilling on Federal and Indian land. Read More >


Disorganization to blame for lengthy outage of Interior Dept. websites, review says

MON, JUNE 9, 2014, 01:52 PM EST

The Interior Department's website crashed on January 1, 2014, due to a power surge and was down for nearly a week. An IG report states that the site was down for so long because nobody was sure what was going on or who was responsible for fixing it. Read More >


Two Business Owners Indicted in Alleged Wire Fraud Conspiracy To Fraudulently Obtain More Than $1.8 Million In Government Contracts Under SBA’s 8(A) Program

THU, MAY 8, 2014, 10:34 AM EST

A Federal grand jury indicted Yogesh K. Patel and Wesley Burnett for conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain over $1.8 million in Federal contracts through the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. Read More >


Ex-BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages to obstruct oil spill probe

FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013, 09:59 AM EST

A former BP drilling engineer was convicted of deleting text messages from his cellphone to obstruct a federal investigation. Read More >


Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company Sentenced to $6.4 Million Criminal Penalty for False Writings Related to Well Control Testing

TUE, NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 11:29 AM EST

Helmerich & Payne pleaded guilty to one count of violating Title 18, USC, Section 1018 which charged the drilling company with knowingly making and delivering false writings in connection with the company's drilling activities in Gulf of Mexico. Read More >


Federal and State charges filed in joint investigation involving Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

TUE, NOVEMBER 12, 2013, 01:44 PM EST

Federal and state grand juries returned indictments this week following a joint investigation into the activities of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and a $3 million grant issued to the City of D’Iberville. Read More >



Last Updated: 05/10/2013