- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Three former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory are asking federal prosecutors to reopen a fraud case at the lab and investigate the death of a former lab deputy director.

The whistleblowers sent a letter Tuesday to New Mexico U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez. They say the probe is needed to ensure the lab runs smoothly as the Department of Energy looks for a new contractor to manage operations.

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

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

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