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Feds challenge credibility of former BP executive

US government challenges credibility of former BP executive hired as company lawyer consultant By The Associated Press

U.S. officials say a former BP executive was paid $107,000 a month to do consulting for a company lawyer, but allege the money may have been designed to influence her testimony during a deposition in litigation over the Gulf oil spill.

The allegations were made in a court filing Tuesday by government lawyers who want to challenge her credibility at trial with the compensation details. The filing says she was responsible for preventing safety program implementation on such rigs as the Deepwater Horizon that exploded, killing 11 workers and prompting the spill.

Her name was redacted from the document.

The government says before she was deposed, she was hired as a consultant to a BP attorney, but she did little to earn her fee.

BP officials had no immediate comment.

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