Justice Dept. watchdog finds nepotism at Interpol Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog says one current and two former officials at Interpol in Washington used their leadership positions to benefit family members and acquaintances.

In a report issued Wednesday, the inspector general's office found that high-ranking officials at the agency — a Justice Department office that is the U.S. point of contact for the international law-enforcement body — had used their positions to help get internships for people they knew.

It found that the agency's executive officer, Warren Lewis, helped his son get a contract job and gave preferential treatment to three people he knew of through family connections. Lewis did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The inspector general's office said it was referring its findings to the deputy attorney general for possible disciplinary action.

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