2 Top Officials Leave BP Oil Spill Claims Office

2 Top Officials Leave BP Oil Spill Claims Office

Posted: Updated:

Two top officials of a fund that pays compensation in connection with the 2010 BP oil spill have resigned, just months after the two were accused of engaging in improper conduct.

Program head Patrick Juneau confirms that CEO David Odom and Chief Operating Officer Kirk Fisher have resigned.

"They desire to move on to other business opportunities," he said in an emailed statement.

The process of paying claims will not be interrupted by their departure, Juneau said. Attempts at reaching both Odom and Fisher by phone or by other contact information were unsuccessful.

Juneau refused to comment on BP's allegation that the resignations follow reports that the men entertained subordinates at a strip club that got $550,000 in oil spill claims. The allegation is online in an ad BP says will run Monday in three major newspapers. BP won't identify the club.

In September, former FBI head Louis Freeh - appointed by the federal district court in New Orleans to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in the claims office - said Odom and Fisher had formed a business that offered work in an unrelated lawsuit to a company doing oil spill claims work.

"Actual and apparent conflicts of interest involved the most senior officials" of the claims administrative office, he wrote.

BrownGreer, a vendor that has averaged more than $15 million per month in fees for its work on the program, reported the offer to Juneau, Freeh wrote.

"Ultimately, the proposal was withdrawn," he wrote.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:36:02 GMT
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
  • Details Emerge in Death of 5-Year-Old Girl

    Details Emerge in Death of 5-Year-Old Girl

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:13:32 GMT
    The man suspected in the death of a little five-year-old girl in Gulfport went before a judge Friday.
    The man suspected in the death of a little five-year-old girl in Gulfport went before a judge Friday.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina was the most deadly US hurricane in modern history. It took hundreds of lives and produced record storm surge along the central Gulf Coast.
    Hurricane Katrina was the most deadly US hurricane in modern history. It took hundreds of lives and produced record storm surge along the central Gulf Coast.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.