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The Washington, D.C., inspector general will launch two inquiries into allegations Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration engaged in pay-to-play schemes that awarded city contracts for land to political players, according to a report issued Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Washington, D.C., inspector general will launch two inquiries into allegations Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration engaged in pay-to-play schemes that awarded city contracts for land to political players, according to a report issued Tuesday evening.

City officials contracted the clearing of land for a soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. as well as a $60 million project for a Washington Wizards practice facility in Southeast D.C.

Yinka Alao, a former city contracting official, has sued the city for $10 million, claiming Bowser’s team “embarked on a crusade to defame.” Former General Service contracting director Christopher Weaver quit in August and claimed administration had manipulated awards to contractors, according to NBC-4.

Inspector General Dan Lucas said in a statement: “The inspector general is always interested in pursuing suspected wrongdoing. We are paying careful attention to the contracting matter. We will respond according to our legislative mandate.”

The inspector’s report is expected to take seven to eight weeks.

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