IRS official: Lavish conference followed IRS rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service official is defending extravagant spending at an employee conference and says it conformed with agency rules at the time.

Faris Fink heads the division that put on the conference. He tells a House committee that in hindsight, spending at the $4.1 million conference should have been more scrutinized.

Fink also says new IRS rules would not allow such an expensive conference today.

Fink stayed in a luxury suite and starred in a "Star Trek" video that IRS employees filmed for the conference. He played Mr. Spock.

Fink calls the video embarrassing and he's apologizing for his role in it.

Fink was testifying Thursday at a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.