Federal government sues Hanford purchasers

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The federal government has filed suit against three purchasing agents for a former Hanford nuclear reservation contractor for allegedly accepting kickbacks to purchase goods from a specific supplier.

The U.S. District Court complaint claims Amy Hay, Patricia Hall and Michael Stone were among a number of Fluor Hanford purchasers who together accepted more than $40,000 in kickbacks from Fast Pipe and Supply and its owner.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/sY7Tg8 ) the workers spent $3.9 million buying supplies from Fast Pipe and charging the purchases to federal credit cards.

Fast Pipe is owned by Shane Fast, an unsuccessful Republican challenger for Congress in the 4th District. He previously told the newspaper that he routinely offered game tickets and gift cards to his best customers and thought it was OK.