External OIG News

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 >

Dale Drew Old Horn, Allen Joseph Old Horn, And Shawn Talking Eagle Danforth Found Guilty In U.S. Federal Court

WED, AUGUST 21, 2013, 11:46 AM EST

Three found guilty in U.S. Federal court of conspiracy to defraud the Crow Tribe. Read More >

Former Fresno Resident Charged For Fraudulent Bonding Scheme Involving Government Contracts

WED, AUGUST 14, 2013, 02:02 PM EST

Abel Martin Carreon, 55, formerly of Fresno, made his first appearance in United States District Court in Fresno for a scheme to defraud the government that resulted in a loss of more than $1 million Read More >

Report: Fish and Wildlife Service ignored whistle-blower complaints

THU, AUGUST 1, 2013, 10:31 AM EST

The Washington Post published an article about whistle-blower retaliation within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read More >