The Nation

A federal lending agency has asked the Justice Department to investigate a key member of the covert contra -supply network for "possible civil and criminal fraud" in his company's failure to repay a $375,000 government loan. A company headed by John Hull, an American rancher in Costa Rica who has acknowledged working as a CIA operative in aiding the contras, got the loan in 1984 from the Overseas Private Investment Corp. Hull has denied that any fraud took place. He has helped channel U.S. money and supplies to the contras. Officials of OPIC, which aids American-owned businesses in foreign countries, said the loan to Hull's woodworking company in Costa Rica had no connection with his pro-contra activities.

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