WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI special agents inappropriately charged the government $1,864 for their travel to the Washington area to attend a 1997 retirement dinner for a demoted FBI top official, congressional investigators concluded.
The FBI said Wednesday the agents will repay the money.
FBI special agents from around the country had been accused of using a conference at the agency's training academy at Quantico, Va., to justify attending the dinner the night before at government expense.
As a result, Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, last summer asked the General Accounting Office to review an internal investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department.
The internal probe determined that top FBI officials invited special agents in charge of FBI field offices to a one-day conference "of dubious substance." The assistant director at Quantico had special agents notified of the conference shortly after he began organizing the Oct. 9, 1997 party for then-Assistant Director Larry Potts in Arlington, Va.
Potts was investigated by the Justice Department for allegations of covering up his role in the Ruby Ridge siege and shootings. He was demoted from his deputy director position, but left the government before decisions were reached on whether to impose administrative discipline.
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