Audit: FBI Agents Billed $45,000 Each For Iraq

By: By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
By: By LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Justice Department report shows that FBI agents each billed an average of $45,000 in overtime during three-month tours in Iraq and were sometimes paid for watching movies, exercising and going to parties.

The investigation released Thursday by the department's inspector general found that agents claimed at least eight hours of overtime a day, every day, for the 90 days they were stationed in Iraq.

That amounted to $63 million in overtime between 2003 and 2007, the report found. This year, overtime costs in Iraq came to about $6.4 million.

The inspector general concluded that the FBI improperly used overtime funding.

The FBI did not have an immediate response to the report.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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