A U.S. attorney in Arkansas appointed by President Clinton sent FBI agents to interview a woman familiar with key Whitewater witness David Hale's ties to conservative activists, the woman says.

Caryn Mann, assistant manager of a funeral home in Bentonville, Ark., alleges that Hale gave information about the investigation to her former live-in boyfriend. She also says the boyfriend gave money to Hale while Hale was in protective custody and cooperating with Whitewater prosecutors.The ex-boyfriend, Parker Dozhier, acknowledged to The Associated Press this month that he was paid by a conservative Washington group seeking information about the investigation and that he provided Hale free use of a fishing cabin and a car.

But Dozhier and officials at the group, which publishes American Spectator magazine, deny Hale leaked information from the grand jury probe or received any payments.