NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An investigator appointed by a federal judge to look for fraud in the BP oil spill claims process is seeking a court order forcing Florida to turn over "trip tickets" fishermen fill out when they unload at docks.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh said in a Friday court filing that Florida wildlife authorities tell him that the trip ticket records are confidential under Florida law. However, they said they would turn over the data if ordered to by the court.
Freeh said the data will help him examine any suspicious claims. The motion is unopposed and U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR'-bee-aye) of New Orleans, who oversees the litigation arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill, is expected to rule soon.