Steve Alexander reports:
A potentially large check-fraud operation has been broken up by Minnesota investigators, exposing a ring that allegedly stole account information from checks that businesses submitted to the state Department of Labor and Industry to pay fines.
So far, no one has been charged in the case, but a state clerical employee who handled the submitted checks was arrested in November and led out of the labor department building in handcuffs by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, said Steve Sviggum, commissioner of the department. Terri Lynn Brennan of St. Paul, an $18-an-hour clerk who worked for the department 19 years and had handled checks for 12 years, was fired when she didn’t appear at a departmental disciplinary hearing about the alleged theft of financial information, he said.
Read more in the Star Tribune.