Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ex-Halliburton Worker Calls for Probe

DALLAS (AP) - A former Halliburton Co. employee wants Congress to investigate what he claims are the company's efforts to cover up violations of corruption laws and to mislead investigators.

David A. Smith, who worked for Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root unit, said that he received e-mails from a company attorney on how to handle federal investigations, but those notes were intended for David R. Smith, a vice president with Halliburton's tax group.

The e-mails, he said, focused on how the Houston oil field services conglomerate would defend itself against a federal review of bribery and corruption charges connected to Halliburton's natural gas operations in Nigeria.

David A. Smith, who says he owns a single share of company's common stock, filed a statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday, saying David R. Smith "was being asked to weigh in on how to explain away the source of the bribes paid to Nigerian officials."

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