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Justice Department investigation

Justice Department investigation

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that the former head of the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation's Superior field office has been selling guns without a federal license. DCI Administrator Dave Matthews told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has been investigating Special Agent Jay Smith for several months.

ATF spokesman Bob Schmidt confirmed the probe. Matthews says he contacted the ATF after another DCI agent, Dan Bethards, notified him in December that Smith had been selling weapons to law enforcement personnel. Smith declined comment when reached on his cell phone Thursday.

Bethards has filed a whistleblower complaint against the state's justice department alleging the agency stripped him of his gun and badge after he raised the allegations.

 

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