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Watchdog: Texas company illegally charged Energy Dept. $2.5 million in expenses

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Summitt Texas Clean Energy charged illegal fees to US gov.t

A government watchdog has found that a Texas energy company likely charged the Department of Energy $2.5 million in extraneous expenditures ranging from spa services to lobbying costs.

The Energy Department's Office of Inspector General identified more than $2.5 million in expenses Summitt Texas Clean Energy charged to project that they considered potentially unallowable, according to an inspector general report released Feb. 8.

Summit was awarded a contract with the Energy Department in 2010 for a $1.7 billion cooperative agreement to work on the department's Clean Coal Power Initiative, described by the report as "a partnership with industry to demonstrate advanced coal-based technologies."

Summit charged the federal government for more than $1.2 million in potential lobbying costs and $1.3 million in potentially prohibited travel expenses, the audit found.

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