Former Los Alamos laboratory workers ask for fraud probe

SANTA FE (AP) – Three former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory are asking the U.S. attorney to reopen a fraud case at the lab and investigate the death of a former lab deputy director.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the whistleblowers wrote in a letter to New Mexico U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez that the new probe should come to ensure the lab runs smoothly as the Department of Energy looks for a new contractor to run operations.

The laboratory was rocked by a purchasing scandal in 2002 that led to at least 18 senior managers being dismissed, demoted or transferred. Former LANL director John Browne resigned after the investigation.

The whistleblowers also say they suspect there is more to the death of former lab deputy director Richard Burick’s death, which police said was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a year after Burick retired.

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