Baton Rouge, Louisiana
7 Day Forecast
Follow our weather team on social media

Investigators: US wildlife official broke law with grants

4 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 February 21, 2018 2:03 PM February 21, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Investigators say a senior official at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service broke the law with his involvement in awarding $324,000 in conservation grants to a nonprofit where his wife worked as a contractor.

Details on the conflict of interest determination involving Richard Ruggiero were revealed in a report released Tuesday by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.

Investigators say that as chief of the agency's international conservation division Ruggiero made a series of grant awards and extensions to the International Fund for Animal Welfare beginning in 2014.

The Inspector General's office says the awards improperly benefited Ruggiero's wife, Heather Eves, a wildlife biologist who was paid by the group.

Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift says Ruggiero is on leave pending disciplinary action.

Ruggiero could not be reached for comment.

More News

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
7 Days