Federal prosecutors closed an investigation into former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson without filing any charges, Jackson's lawyers said.

One of the attorneys, Jim Martin of Armstrong Teasdale LLP in St. Louis, said Monday that he was told of the development on April 30 by a U.S. Justice Department official. Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment.

Jackson, 64, resigned from the agency in March 2008 after accusations that he improperly directed his staff to steer federal housing contracts to political allies.

He first drew attention after an April 2006 speech in which he said he had canceled a company's HUD contract after its president told him he did not like President George W. Bush. Jackson later said he made the story up.

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