Government oil officials probed about illicit sex

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators say government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies, and received improper gifts.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants and having sexual relationships with -- and accepting golf, ski trips and dinners from -- oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's Inspector General.

The Inspector General also claims the former head of the Denver office -- which markets oil to energy companies -- was having sex and using illegal drugs with subordinates.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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