Federal authoritiess are investigating Apple over stock options grant irregularities.

The Wall Street Journal today reports the "Feds" are particularly interested in one grant made to Apple CEO Steve Jobs in 2001.

The grant was falsely dated as approved on 19 October 2001, but the grant had been approved at a meeting in August when Apple's stock was at a different value.

Reuters reports Apple as saying the approval of the grant "was improperly recorded as occurring at a special board meeting on 19 October 2001. Such a special board meeting did not occur."

The paperwork was drawn up by attorney Wendy Howell, who was dismissed from Apple last month. Howell argues that she simply followed orders given her by then General Counsel, Nancy Heinen.