Detective petitions special master

Posted at 5:18 PM on July 7, 2011 by Catharine Richert (0 Comments)

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Jonathan Ferris, a detective who investigates high-profile white-collar crimes for the Commerce Department, says he wants his job back.

Ferris is one of seven officers who were laid off last week as a result of the government shutdown.

Last night, MPR's Laura Yuen gave us a glimpse of what Ferris would be asking for today during a hearing with Special Master Kathleen blatz.

Today, she has the full story.

Yuen writes,

The insurance-fraud division investigates financial crimes and takes down scammers and swindlers. Ferris said county and federal prosecutors often charge the targets of the investigations with felonies, including racketeering and arson.

In a most recent high-profile investigation, the state detectives uncovered an elaborate alleged mortgage fraud case that is currently being prosecuted by Hennepin County.

Ferris said government shutdown means bad news for investigations that are under way.

"An undercover investigation related to a healthcare fraud investigation has been stopped. The detective who was working in an undercover capacity is currently laid off."

Ferris argues that the investigators help protect public safety, a core function of government that has already been broadly ruled on by a Ramsey County judge. Other officers -- conservation officers, troopers and agents who enforce alcohol and gambling laws -- remain on duty through the shutdown.

Read here entire story - and catch the audio - here.


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