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U.S. Senator to FBI:

An IMPOSTOR Sold

Internship to 'Girls Gone Wild'

4/25/2012 1:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is adamant ... he did NOT agree to auction off the 4-week congressional internship allegedly purchased by Joe Francis ... and has told the FBI an IMPOSTOR is to blame.

Here's the back story -- Francis sent out a press release Tuesday claiming he won an internship in a charity auction ... and plans to gift the internship to the winner of his HDNet reality series, "The Search for the Hottest Girl in America" (pics below).

Francis claims the internship will take place this summer in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D – Ark.) in Washington, D.C.  According to the auction website, Francis paid $2,500 for the prize.

Problem is ... Pryor is now calling B.S. ... and a rep for the Senator tells TMZ, "Our office does not sell, auction or donate internships."

"We believe someone outside Senator Pryor’s office has broken the law by fraudulently impersonating a U.S. Senator, fraudulently attempting to sell a government position and using the Senate seal without authorization."

"We have asked the FBI to fully investigate who is perpetrating this fraud against the senator and the U.S. Senate." 

Francis -- who has not been accused of any wrongdoing -- tells TMZ, "My only intention in purchasing this auction item was to support a local non-profit charity."

He adds, "At all times I believed in the legitimacy of this internship."

The people behind the auction had no comment.

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1.

Ben    

Busted of course you are going to say it was a imposter.

820 days ago
2.

Realist    

Translation: I totally auctioned off this position, but have to act like I didn't now that Joe Francis won it.

820 days ago
3.

Jordan    

Come on senator are you really going to go there.

820 days ago
4.

Transparency in Politics    

Sen. Mark Pryor is not to be trust nor can you believe anything he says. He has lied on his Senate Disclosure forms and in his reports to the IRS. http://www.scribd.com/doc/87878590/Strange-Case-of-Sen-Mark-Pryor

820 days ago
5.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Seems to me like Joe Francis would fit right in , taking into account the recent scandals plagueing the White House. He is a complete reprobate , sold his soul to the highest bidder. VOTE THEM GONE

The LEFT - OVER party is fighting for scraps , just like a pack of dogs, oops not the kind of dog Obama eats. lol

820 days ago
6.

KicksandGiggles    

Oh brother, crap is done all the time. Sons & daughters of buddies, neighbors, $$ donors all get the internships. A regular student has about as much chance of a white house internship as I do working as Santorum's spiritual advisor!!

820 days ago
7.

Pudding Tang    

more obama era political clownage... like an extended stay substitute teacher and the politicians have 'gone wild'.... if the terrorists producing countries allowed women to partake in their efforts, the white house would already be gone, all she would have to do is offer herself to a so called secret service agent... YEP

820 days ago
8.

feelicks    

i've never seen a black girl on ggw 4ottest girl contest...

820 days ago
9.

obama'saracist    

our political LEADERS are the most disgusting money hungry whore3s I have ever heard about and we keep voting the same pos liars and thieves back in even after we see what they are doing because we are so fing stupid

820 days ago
10.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

I'm sure that if Joe Francis wasn't the winner of the internship it would have moved forward as planned. Even if he hadn't planned to put some pea brained hoochie in the position and attempted to fill to role himself this Senator would have backed out. But I'm willing to bet the internship was a real donation to the charity auction.

820 days ago
11.

Stormy    

Corrupt politicians should be publicly tarred and feathered, then hung! Lets start with Obama, and his entire administration!

820 days ago
12.

OhWell    

And To Think
Harvey Would
Rather Have
Some Smelly
Guys Ass


Sad,Very Sad.

820 days ago
13.

Ellen    

Come on now. If you buy that, I've got some prime real estate waterfront property for sale in Arizona!!!! What an ass whipe!

820 days ago
14.

Ty    

Two words: Election Year. Thank you. That is all.

820 days ago
15.

Dan Dagfman    

Senator Pryor is perpetrating a huge fraud against the FBI and the people of Arkansas.

He is guilty of gross misconduct and now he is lying about it.

Pryor must believe he is above the law - Who will stop his flagrant abuses and mismanagement of state resources? He might be above the law.

820 days ago
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