NEW ORLEANS — An independent probe led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh found evidence of a plot by lawyers to ‘‘corrupt’’ the BP settlement program but nothing that warranted shutting down payments to victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report issued Friday.
Freeh, who was appointed by a federal judge to investigate alleged misconduct by a staff attorney who worked on the settlement program, cleared court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau of engaging in any ‘‘conflict of interest, or unethical or improper conduct.’’
But the former FBI director concluded that top members of Juneau’s staff engaged in conduct that was improper, unethical and possibly criminal. He recommended that his report be forwarded to the Justice Department. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.