POGO Illegally Paid Economist For Gov't Work, US Says

Law360, Washington (December 7, 2012, 4:03 PM EST) -- Prosecutors told a Washington federal jury Friday that the nonprofit group Project on Government Oversight illegally paid a U.S. Department of the Interior senior economist for his government work that helped settle an oil royalties-related qui tam suit.

According to U.S. Department of Justice attorney David M. Finkelstein, the nonprofit knew it was receiving internal Interior Department documents from Robert A. Berman for years and illegally gave the economist $363,800 for his federal work, disguising the payment as a “public services award” for his decades of...
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