LOS ALAMOS IGNORED FRAUD WARNINGS

LOS ALAMOS IGNORED FRAUD WARNINGS"Officials at the troubled Los Alamos National Laboratory allegedly ignored for months the concerns of a lab subcontractor that employees appeared to be using the lab's purchasing system to buy personal items," the Los Angeles Times reports.

The contract employee, identified as Jaret McDonald of Los Alamos, has been subpoenaed to appear today at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee investigating allegations of financial irregularities and mismanagement at the nuclear weapons lab.McDonald, who works for a laboratory support services company called KSL, tried at least twice between September 2001 and June 2002 to bring his concerns to the attention of lab officials. When they took no action, Johnson said, McDonald sent an anonymous tip to the FBI, which launched an investigation and issued search warrants for the homes and vehicles of several lab employees.
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