Financial scandal forces temporary shutdown at Metro Gang Strike Force

Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion told a legislative audit committee that he would temporarily shut down the Metro Gang Strike Force after a report showed poor financial practices.

A legislative audit report found the Metro Gang Strike Force kept hundreds of thousands cash siezed from suspects in a safe with very few financial control. The report also found the MGSF was supposed to give the Attorney General's office 20% of confiscated cash. It has not done that and the audit estimates the Attorney General's office is owed 229 thousand dollars. Auditors say the Attorney General's office still wants that money.

The MGSF also confiscated about 80 vehicles from suspects. 13 of those have not been accounted for yet.

The auditor also pointed out that a flat screen TV confiscated by officers had been sold to a student worker for $30. It was later determined the TV needed to be returned to its original owner and the MGSF had to go retrieve the TV from the student and buy it back.

The Ramsey County Sheriff's office, which is headed by Sheriff Bob Fletcher apparently conducted its own audit of the "informant fund". The legislative auditors say the numbers used to reconcile the fund were changed every year.

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Rogue Sheriff strikes again !

WOW ! the Uptake breaks real news. Great job Mike ! how long did it take local news with it millions of dollars of advertising to report this theft by Ramsey County Sheriff's dept ? Maybe the state can call for a Heffelfinger-Luger report into an investigation of missing property. (sarcasm). Many of the (over 800) of people arrested/detained during the RNC reported not receiving all or some of the personal items back and the Mayor, or City Council members would not address this. When MN Attorney General, Lori Swanson, was informed of the missing property she said it wasn't her jurisdiction, and when complaints were given of Sheriff Fletcher she said he was an elected official. Wow. We all know Ramsey County Attorney, Susan Gaertner, is too interested in prosecuting those arrested during the RNC, than to find out what happened to the personal property, which included video and camera equipment, cellphones, credit cards..etc. Maybe they will find them in the safes. Maybe if the FBI could break themselves away from prosecuting young adults arrested during RNC,, they could investigate Fletcher and other agencies involved in the Metro Strike force.