Freeh asks judge to rescind oil spill award

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former FBI director conducting an investigation into alleged misconduct inside the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has concluded that a claim at the center of his probe was awarded more than $357,000 based on fraudulent information.

In a court filing late Wednesday, Louis Freeh recommended that a federal judge rescind the award to Casey C. Thonn and order any lawyer who profited from the settlement to pay restitution.

Lionel "Tiger" Sutton III, a lawyer whose resignation from the staff of claims administrator Patrick Juneau spawned the investigation, urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier last month to throw out a scathing report that Freeh issued in September. The report concluded that top members of Juneau's staff engaged in improper, unethical and possibly criminal conduct.

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