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US secret service scam widens

The US secret service says it has put 11 agents on leave while it investigates alleged misconduct before a summit attended by Barack Obama in Colombia, as it emerged that five soldiers are also facing investigation.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2012 00:02 IST

The US secret service says it has put 11 agents on leave while it investigates alleged misconduct before a summit attended by Barack Obama in Colombia, as it emerged that five soldiers are also facing investigation.

The secret service apologised for the distraction the incident had caused at the summit in Cartagena, where Barack Obama is meeting leaders of more than 30 countries.

The US Southern Command announced that five service members, who were assigned to support the secret service and were staying at the
same hotel as the agents under investigation, had violated their curfew and may have been involved in inappropriate
conduct.

The soldiers were confined to their quarters in Colombia and ordered not to have contact with others.