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DOI Official Gets Probation, Fine For Ethics Scandal

Law360 (February 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A former supervisor for the U.S. Department of the Interior was handed probation and a $3,000 fine on Tuesday for his role in a wide-ranging scandal involving a group of Minerals Management Service workers who habitually accepted gifts, used drugs and alcohol, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas industry executives.

Donald C. Howard, formerly the regional supervisor of the Gulf of Mexico region for the MMS, was ordered to pay a $3,000 penalty and perform 100 hours of community service as a condition of...
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