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Ex-FBI Agent To Head BP Oil Spill Claims Program

Ex-FBI Agent To Head BP Oil Spill Claims Program

A former FBI agent has been named interim CEO of the multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau announced Monday that David Welker will replace David Odom, who resigned last week.

Welker was the special agent in charge of the FBI's New Orleans office before becoming Juneau's security head in June 2012.

Odom and the program's chief operating officer, Kirk Fisher, resigned last week amid conflict-of-interest allegations.

Former FBI director Louis Freeh, who is leading an independent probe of the settlement program's operations, said in a September report that Odom and Fisher formed a company to work on unrelated litigation under the supervision of a firm that is a contractor for the BP settlement program

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